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  1. The Nashville Sounds drew closer to a division title. The Biloxi Shuckers are closing with an amazing flourish. Let's dig into the game summaries and box scores as always while also providing backstory info and insights on some of the player journeys heading into 2023. I know, we're always rushing Father Time, aren't we? Here we go! Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Transactions: None. Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 0 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Return Favor with Shutout Win - Nashville’s magic number to clinch the division shrinks to seven Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log RHP Caleb Boushley turns 29 on October 1st. The Brewers control his rights for another year. Is it possible that an organization views his 2022 season and claims Boushley in Rule 5? Given his age, it wouldn't be a rebuilding club. The likely path is that Boushley receives an obvious invite to Brewers big league camp next spring, gets a chance to break into the big-league rotation if injuries occur, and then provides a nice depth option for the 2023 season while again toiling in Nashville. Is that fair to Boushley? No, and I'd expect one of the things we eventually see out of the new unionization of MiLB players is a drop from seven to six years of overall control. It won't happen in time to aid Boushley, however. My goodness, the upper half of that Sounds box score is a beautiful sight. You just read about Sal Frelick's latest cumulative statistical exploits in that fine game summary. Esteury Ruiz reached base four times. Brice Turang had two more knocks, and Jon Singleton and Joey Wiemer's sacrifice flies were critical (sacrifice flies are the "hidden gems" of box score perusals). Oh, then slide down a bit further and see that Ruiz and Turang were successful on their combined four stolen base attempts. Glorious. We still see you, Lucas Erceg . Pending 40-man addition decision awaits, five days after the World Series ends. There is no game log obvious reason for Pablo Reyes to have been pulled in the top of the 4th inning. These guitar awards are awesome! Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge. Final: Biloxi 4, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Bennett Shines, Strikes Out 11 as Biloxi Wins Ninth In-A-Row - Warren, Lutz and Kahle Each Homer Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Was eight enough? Heck, no! Cast photo of the 1977-1981 ABC family series "Eight is Enough Wow, fun joy ride for these Shuckers. Already lined up the Christmas Wish list for LHP Nick Bennett , and consistency tops it. The highs don't need to be quite as high as this fantastic effort (though that would be amazing), but the lows can certainly be better than his 2022 game log shows. Bennett's development path this season wasn't linear - well, it was linear, but a zig-zag. Wonderful final outing! Sure, Jackson Chourio 2-for-19 in AA, fanned three times (now nine at this level), but he also did this - Catcher Nick Kahle making the case that he deserved more than 76 at-bats all season - was never on an injured list. Find the Zavier Warren, Tristen Lutz and Kahle home runs so prominently featured in the game summary via the Shuckers Twitter Media feed here. With a single, Gabe Holt's OPS lands right at .500 (yes, OPS, tough season, big bounceback in 2023 coming). That being said, that mark is on the precipice depending how Sunday goes. It's a 1:05 Central start Sunday for Nashville, and a 4:05 start for Biloxi's finale. If I know our own @Joseph Zarr, that lines up as a perfect alternative to any NFL doubleheader! Keep it up, Biloxi - we're all about book-ending the 2022 season with a seven-game and ten-game positivity streak! Give the New York City Seinfeld locale, do you think Yankees fans will make an occasional Jason Alexander reference today? "Are you the guy that put us in that Ramada in Milwaukee?" Seinfeld-George Teaches Yankees how to play - YouTube Have a great day, everyone, thanks for visiting. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scoresCurrent Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  2. Transactions: None. Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 0 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Return Favor with Shutout Win - Nashville’s magic number to clinch the division shrinks to seven Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log RHP Caleb Boushley turns 29 on October 1st. The Brewers control his rights for another year. Is it possible that an organization views his 2022 season and claims Boushley in Rule 5? Given his age, it wouldn't be a rebuilding club. The likely path is that Boushley receives an obvious invite to Brewers big league camp next spring, gets a chance to break into the big-league rotation if injuries occur, and then provides a nice depth option for the 2023 season while again toiling in Nashville. Is that fair to Boushley? No, and I'd expect one of the things we eventually see out of the new unionization of MiLB players is a drop from seven to six years of overall control. It won't happen in time to aid Boushley, however. My goodness, the upper half of that Sounds box score is a beautiful sight. You just read about Sal Frelick's latest cumulative statistical exploits in that fine game summary. Esteury Ruiz reached base four times. Brice Turang had two more knocks, and Jon Singleton and Joey Wiemer's sacrifice flies were critical (sacrifice flies are the "hidden gems" of box score perusals). Oh, then slide down a bit further and see that Ruiz and Turang were successful on their combined four stolen base attempts. Glorious. We still see you, Lucas Erceg . Pending 40-man addition decision awaits, five days after the World Series ends. There is no game log obvious reason for Pablo Reyes to have been pulled in the top of the 4th inning. These guitar awards are awesome! Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge. Final: Biloxi 4, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Bennett Shines, Strikes Out 11 as Biloxi Wins Ninth In-A-Row - Warren, Lutz and Kahle Each Homer Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Was eight enough? Heck, no! Cast photo of the 1977-1981 ABC family series "Eight is Enough Wow, fun joy ride for these Shuckers. Already lined up the Christmas Wish list for LHP Nick Bennett , and consistency tops it. The highs don't need to be quite as high as this fantastic effort (though that would be amazing), but the lows can certainly be better than his 2022 game log shows. Bennett's development path this season wasn't linear - well, it was linear, but a zig-zag. Wonderful final outing! Sure, Jackson Chourio 2-for-19 in AA, fanned three times (now nine at this level), but he also did this - Catcher Nick Kahle making the case that he deserved more than 76 at-bats all season - was never on an injured list. Find the Zavier Warren, Tristen Lutz and Kahle home runs so prominently featured in the game summary via the Shuckers Twitter Media feed here. With a single, Gabe Holt's OPS lands right at .500 (yes, OPS, tough season, big bounceback in 2023 coming). That being said, that mark is on the precipice depending how Sunday goes. It's a 1:05 Central start Sunday for Nashville, and a 4:05 start for Biloxi's finale. If I know our own @Joseph Zarr, that lines up as a perfect alternative to any NFL doubleheader! Keep it up, Biloxi - we're all about book-ending the 2022 season with a seven-game and ten-game positivity streak! Give the New York City Seinfeld locale, do you think Yankees fans will make an occasional Jason Alexander reference today? "Are you the guy that put us in that Ramada in Milwaukee?" Seinfeld-George Teaches Yankees how to play - YouTube Have a great day, everyone, thanks for visiting. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scoresCurrent Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  3. Jackson Chourio was a welcome sight in the Wisconsin lineup and had just enough strength to plant a ball over the left field wall for a key 3-run blast, giving starting Carlos F. Rodriguez more runs than he could possibly need in a 5-2 win. Carolina’s 5-2 victory was a true team effort, with three pitchers making their debut in full season ball and Jesus Chirinos delivering a key two-run double. Joey Wiemer connected on his 20th homer of the year, Justin Jarvis had a strong AA debut in Biloxi and Nick Bennett kept the opposition scoreless for nearly five innings, but these efforts weren’t enough as Nashville and Biloxi lost three games on the day. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Rodriguez, Chourio, Jarvis, Bennett and Wiemer. Transactions: RHP Caleb Boushley activated from AAA Nashville's 7-day injured list RHP Raul Mendoza released from ACL Brewers Gold After the game, @ARobsBrewCrew got the scoop that 1B Wes Clarke will be promoted to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin, which would be a helpful addition to a depleted Shuckers’ roster Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Durham 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Come Up Short in Series Finale With both teams struggling to connect with runners in scoring position (combined 0-for-13), this was a contest of which team could hit it out of the park more often (three for Durham, one for Nashville). The Sounds welcomed RHP Caleb Boushley (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) back from a recent injury stint and he gave the team an excellent start with two scoreless innings before giving way to RHP Marcus Walden (4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks). OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-4, HR, double, RBI) continued his recent hot stretch, hitting his 5th home run in AAA ball and 20th of the season to give Nashville a 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th inning. However, the Bulls responded with a 2-run blast of their own in the bottom half, a solo shot in the 5th inning and a final solo jack in the 8th inning. The Sounds were down 3-1 with two-on and two-out in the top of the 8th inning, but Wiemer couldn’t come through in his final at-bat (first pitch pop out into foul territory). Despite the loss, Nashville won the series 4-2, although it’s first place lead over the Columbus Clippers was cut to 2.5 games. Three Quick Strikes: Each team pulled off an amazing escape of working around a lead-off triple with no damage, with Walden doing it in the 3rd inning and Durham gunning down OF Matt Lipka (2-for-4, triple, SB) on a fly ball double play at home in the 7th inning. Other than the two long balls, Walden actually threw well, not yielding any walks. However, RHP JC Mejia’s recent funk continues, as he yielded the 8th inning homer and has now given up runs in three straight appearances. OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-4, SB) extended his hitting streak to 17 consecutive games, although OF Sal Frelick’s unfortunately ended at 12 games. On the bright side, Frelick walked once and didn’t strikeout. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (74-48) returns home after a long road trip to take on Cardinals’ AAA affiliate Memphis (63-59). Expect veteran RHP Josh Lindblom (four runs and 23 strikeouts over last 17 innings pitched) to take the mound in the opening game, looking for his fourth consecutive victory. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Game One Final: Chattanooga 7, Biloxi 3 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Game Two Final: Chattanooga 6, Biloxi 0 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Falls In Both Legs Of Doubleheader With his AA debut about to go off the rails after yielding two 2nd innings runs and a leadoff triple to start the 3rd inning, 22-year old RHP Justin Jarvis (5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 Ks) buckled down to retire nine of the final ten batters he faced, ultimately exiting with the game still tied 2-2. The nightcap saw an even more effective start from LHP Nick Bennett (4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 6 Ks), who kept the Lookouts scoreless over nearly five innings of work. Unfortunately, the Shuckers’ offense and bullpen weren’t up to par, as those 2-2 and 0-0 scorelines quickly went to the wayside once the starters exited. After LHP Clayton Andrews ran into trouble in the top of the 6th inning (double, two walks), RHP Arnaldo Hernandez entered with the score tied 2-2, bases full and two outs, only to give up a grand slam to Mike Siani. In the second game, Chattanooga scored all six runs in the top of the 6th inning, three off of RHP Robbie Hitt and three more off of RHP Carlos Luna. The losses mean that the Lookouts took four wins out of five games against Biloxi for the week. Three Quick Strikes: Though they only managed six hits over their 14 innings of work, the Shuckers’ offense wasn’t completely dormant, as C Jason Lopez came through with a 2-RBI infield single in the 2nd inning of Game One to knot things up at 2-2 for awhile. Birthday boy 1B Thomas Dillard (now 25 years old) also added a solo homer to briefly reduce the Game One deficit to 6-3. It’s rough when your 1-and-2 hitters (OF Corey Ray, SS Cam Devanney) go a combined 0-for-12 with six strikeouts, but that’s just how this Sunday went for the Shuckers. Manager Mike Guerrero’s frustration boiled over after two strikeouts in the bottom of the 2nd inning of Game Two, as he was ejected at that point. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (57-60) hits the road to face a strong Rocket City team (70-50 record for the Angels’ AA affiliate). Expect RHP TJ Shook (4.07 ERA in High-A/AA) to be the opening game starter. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, Lansing 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Wins Series Finale from Lugnuts As always, take some time to watch the video highlights put together by Wisconsin’s terrific media team: DH/OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-2, HR, HBP, 3 RBIs) was slated for only three at-bats in his return from injury, but he was of course essential to a much-needed Timber Rattler victory. Chourio’s 3-run blast in the bottom of the third inning was his fifth in High-A ball and 17th of the year, giving starting RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks) a nice cushion up 4-0. Of course, the dominant Rodriguez doesn’t require much run support, as he gave up just one run on three hits over six innings, striking out seven Lugnuts. His ERA in five High-A starts is now a terrific 1.78. Things got dicey in the top of the 8th inning against RHP Jeison Pena, who conceded two singles, two walks and a lineout before exiting in favor of RHP Taylor Floyd with the game 4-2 and two runners on base. Pena was aided by C Jeferson Quero throwing out a runner stealing, then Floyd K’d the only batter he faced on four pitches. Quero (2-for-4, HR, RBI) also added a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning. The win enabled Wisconsin to salvage a 2-4 series loss for the week. Three Quick Strikes: RHP James Meeker (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks) pitched a three-up, three-down 9th inning to earn his 12th save of the season, lowering his ERA to 2.70 in the process. 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-3, HR, walk, RBI) got an opportunity to lead off in this game and made the most of it, hitting a 1st inning homer (his third of the year) to give the Timber Rattlers an early 1-0 lead. After an inexplicable brawl which saw two players ejected on Saturday night, I’m a bit surprised the umpires allowed Lansing reliever Jorge Juan (who yielded the Chourio homer in this one) to remain in the game after he plunked Chourio with the first pitch of his 5th inning plate appearance. Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (61-58) will bus to play Cardinals’ affiliate Peoria (51-69). RHP Stiven Cruz (0.75 ERA in 12 High-A innings) is scheduled to make his third start for the Timber Rattlers. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 5, Kannapolis 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats Leave Kannapolis With Series Tying 5-2 Victory In addition to starting RHP Max Lazar’s (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) return to full season affiliate ball, this game featured the Mudcat debut of RHPs Cameron Wagoner, Arielbi Gonzalez and Yerlin Rodriguez. Wagoner (3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 Ks), selected in the 11th round of the 2022 draft, earned the victory with three shutout innings including an impressive seven strikeouts. The victory earned Carolina a 3-3 series split for the week. Kannpolis took a similar approach to the game, with each of their first three pitchers making Low-A debuts, the last of which getting tagged for Carolina’s first three runs in the 4th and 5th innings, courtesy of a 2B Jadher Areinamo (1-for-3, HBP, RBI) run-scoring single and a clutch two-out, 2-RBI double from 1B Jesus Chirinos (2-for-4, double, walk, 2 RBIs). C Alex Hall (1-for-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs) extended the lead to a comfortable 5-0 with a two-run shot in the top of the 6th inning. After giving up a two-run homer to tighten the game at 5-2 in the bottom of the 7th inning, Gonzalez (3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) buckled down to retire the final five batters he faced. It was a mild surprise when Rodriguez got the promotion to Low-A earlier ball in the week, but a look at his game log tells you he’s been effective since a move to the bullpen. His shutout 9th inning earned him a save and keeps him scoreless in 6 2/3 innings (five games) since the shift to full-time relief work. Three Quick Strikes: 3B Branlyn Jaraba (2-for-3, double, HBP, RBI) is justifying his own early-August promotion to the Mudcats, lifting his Carolina average to .306 with an .870 OPS. Yes, a combined 29 strikeouts (14 for Cannon Baller hitters, 15 for Mudcat batters) is now a normal part of baseball at all levels. Being out-hit nine to seven wasn’t a problem for the Mudcats, as Carolina drew more walks (six vs. two) and hit-by-pitches (two vs. zero), whilst going 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position (vs. 1-for-6 for Kannapolis). Unfortunately, we’ve no explanation for the five-game absence of 2022 first round selection SS Eric Brown Jr. Let’s hope it’s short-term in nature and we see him return to action on Tuesday. Next week’s outlook: Carolina (64-56) returns home to face Royals’ Low-A affiliate Columbia (48-71). Expect RHP Fernando Olguin (5.68 ERA) to start Game One, trying to put a rough last appearance behind him. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. All eyes will need to be on the Big Club on Monday, as the minor leaguers have a travel day. 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  4. Strong starting pitching was a theme throughout all five Sunday contests, although only the Timber Rattlers and Mudcats were victorious. Nashville remains in first place despite dropping its finale. Biloxi suffered late game collapses in a doubleheader sweep. Jackson Chourio was a welcome sight in the Wisconsin lineup and had just enough strength to plant a ball over the left field wall for a key 3-run blast, giving starting Carlos F. Rodriguez more runs than he could possibly need in a 5-2 win. Carolina’s 5-2 victory was a true team effort, with three pitchers making their debut in full season ball and Jesus Chirinos delivering a key two-run double. Joey Wiemer connected on his 20th homer of the year, Justin Jarvis had a strong AA debut in Biloxi and Nick Bennett kept the opposition scoreless for nearly five innings, but these efforts weren’t enough as Nashville and Biloxi lost three games on the day. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Rodriguez, Chourio, Jarvis, Bennett and Wiemer. Transactions: RHP Caleb Boushley activated from AAA Nashville's 7-day injured list RHP Raul Mendoza released from ACL Brewers Gold After the game, @ARobsBrewCrew got the scoop that 1B Wes Clarke will be promoted to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin, which would be a helpful addition to a depleted Shuckers’ roster Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Durham 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Come Up Short in Series Finale With both teams struggling to connect with runners in scoring position (combined 0-for-13), this was a contest of which team could hit it out of the park more often (three for Durham, one for Nashville). The Sounds welcomed RHP Caleb Boushley (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) back from a recent injury stint and he gave the team an excellent start with two scoreless innings before giving way to RHP Marcus Walden (4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks). OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-4, HR, double, RBI) continued his recent hot stretch, hitting his 5th home run in AAA ball and 20th of the season to give Nashville a 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th inning. However, the Bulls responded with a 2-run blast of their own in the bottom half, a solo shot in the 5th inning and a final solo jack in the 8th inning. The Sounds were down 3-1 with two-on and two-out in the top of the 8th inning, but Wiemer couldn’t come through in his final at-bat (first pitch pop out into foul territory). Despite the loss, Nashville won the series 4-2, although it’s first place lead over the Columbus Clippers was cut to 2.5 games. Three Quick Strikes: Each team pulled off an amazing escape of working around a lead-off triple with no damage, with Walden doing it in the 3rd inning and Durham gunning down OF Matt Lipka (2-for-4, triple, SB) on a fly ball double play at home in the 7th inning. Other than the two long balls, Walden actually threw well, not yielding any walks. However, RHP JC Mejia’s recent funk continues, as he yielded the 8th inning homer and has now given up runs in three straight appearances. OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-4, SB) extended his hitting streak to 17 consecutive games, although OF Sal Frelick’s unfortunately ended at 12 games. On the bright side, Frelick walked once and didn’t strikeout. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (74-48) returns home after a long road trip to take on Cardinals’ AAA affiliate Memphis (63-59). Expect veteran RHP Josh Lindblom (four runs and 23 strikeouts over last 17 innings pitched) to take the mound in the opening game, looking for his fourth consecutive victory. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Game One Final: Chattanooga 7, Biloxi 3 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Game Two Final: Chattanooga 6, Biloxi 0 (in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Falls In Both Legs Of Doubleheader With his AA debut about to go off the rails after yielding two 2nd innings runs and a leadoff triple to start the 3rd inning, 22-year old RHP Justin Jarvis (5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 Ks) buckled down to retire nine of the final ten batters he faced, ultimately exiting with the game still tied 2-2. The nightcap saw an even more effective start from LHP Nick Bennett (4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 6 Ks), who kept the Lookouts scoreless over nearly five innings of work. Unfortunately, the Shuckers’ offense and bullpen weren’t up to par, as those 2-2 and 0-0 scorelines quickly went to the wayside once the starters exited. After LHP Clayton Andrews ran into trouble in the top of the 6th inning (double, two walks), RHP Arnaldo Hernandez entered with the score tied 2-2, bases full and two outs, only to give up a grand slam to Mike Siani. In the second game, Chattanooga scored all six runs in the top of the 6th inning, three off of RHP Robbie Hitt and three more off of RHP Carlos Luna. The losses mean that the Lookouts took four wins out of five games against Biloxi for the week. Three Quick Strikes: Though they only managed six hits over their 14 innings of work, the Shuckers’ offense wasn’t completely dormant, as C Jason Lopez came through with a 2-RBI infield single in the 2nd inning of Game One to knot things up at 2-2 for awhile. Birthday boy 1B Thomas Dillard (now 25 years old) also added a solo homer to briefly reduce the Game One deficit to 6-3. It’s rough when your 1-and-2 hitters (OF Corey Ray, SS Cam Devanney) go a combined 0-for-12 with six strikeouts, but that’s just how this Sunday went for the Shuckers. Manager Mike Guerrero’s frustration boiled over after two strikeouts in the bottom of the 2nd inning of Game Two, as he was ejected at that point. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (57-60) hits the road to face a strong Rocket City team (70-50 record for the Angels’ AA affiliate). Expect RHP TJ Shook (4.07 ERA in High-A/AA) to be the opening game starter. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, Lansing 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Wins Series Finale from Lugnuts As always, take some time to watch the video highlights put together by Wisconsin’s terrific media team: DH/OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-2, HR, HBP, 3 RBIs) was slated for only three at-bats in his return from injury, but he was of course essential to a much-needed Timber Rattler victory. Chourio’s 3-run blast in the bottom of the third inning was his fifth in High-A ball and 17th of the year, giving starting RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks) a nice cushion up 4-0. Of course, the dominant Rodriguez doesn’t require much run support, as he gave up just one run on three hits over six innings, striking out seven Lugnuts. His ERA in five High-A starts is now a terrific 1.78. Things got dicey in the top of the 8th inning against RHP Jeison Pena, who conceded two singles, two walks and a lineout before exiting in favor of RHP Taylor Floyd with the game 4-2 and two runners on base. Pena was aided by C Jeferson Quero throwing out a runner stealing, then Floyd K’d the only batter he faced on four pitches. Quero (2-for-4, HR, RBI) also added a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning. The win enabled Wisconsin to salvage a 2-4 series loss for the week. Three Quick Strikes: RHP James Meeker (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks) pitched a three-up, three-down 9th inning to earn his 12th save of the season, lowering his ERA to 2.70 in the process. 3B Ben Metzinger (1-for-3, HR, walk, RBI) got an opportunity to lead off in this game and made the most of it, hitting a 1st inning homer (his third of the year) to give the Timber Rattlers an early 1-0 lead. After an inexplicable brawl which saw two players ejected on Saturday night, I’m a bit surprised the umpires allowed Lansing reliever Jorge Juan (who yielded the Chourio homer in this one) to remain in the game after he plunked Chourio with the first pitch of his 5th inning plate appearance. Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (61-58) will bus to play Cardinals’ affiliate Peoria (51-69). RHP Stiven Cruz (0.75 ERA in 12 High-A innings) is scheduled to make his third start for the Timber Rattlers. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 5, Kannapolis 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Mudcats Leave Kannapolis With Series Tying 5-2 Victory In addition to starting RHP Max Lazar’s (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) return to full season affiliate ball, this game featured the Mudcat debut of RHPs Cameron Wagoner, Arielbi Gonzalez and Yerlin Rodriguez. Wagoner (3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 Ks), selected in the 11th round of the 2022 draft, earned the victory with three shutout innings including an impressive seven strikeouts. The victory earned Carolina a 3-3 series split for the week. Kannpolis took a similar approach to the game, with each of their first three pitchers making Low-A debuts, the last of which getting tagged for Carolina’s first three runs in the 4th and 5th innings, courtesy of a 2B Jadher Areinamo (1-for-3, HBP, RBI) run-scoring single and a clutch two-out, 2-RBI double from 1B Jesus Chirinos (2-for-4, double, walk, 2 RBIs). C Alex Hall (1-for-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs) extended the lead to a comfortable 5-0 with a two-run shot in the top of the 6th inning. After giving up a two-run homer to tighten the game at 5-2 in the bottom of the 7th inning, Gonzalez (3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) buckled down to retire the final five batters he faced. It was a mild surprise when Rodriguez got the promotion to Low-A earlier ball in the week, but a look at his game log tells you he’s been effective since a move to the bullpen. His shutout 9th inning earned him a save and keeps him scoreless in 6 2/3 innings (five games) since the shift to full-time relief work. Three Quick Strikes: 3B Branlyn Jaraba (2-for-3, double, HBP, RBI) is justifying his own early-August promotion to the Mudcats, lifting his Carolina average to .306 with an .870 OPS. Yes, a combined 29 strikeouts (14 for Cannon Baller hitters, 15 for Mudcat batters) is now a normal part of baseball at all levels. Being out-hit nine to seven wasn’t a problem for the Mudcats, as Carolina drew more walks (six vs. two) and hit-by-pitches (two vs. zero), whilst going 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position (vs. 1-for-6 for Kannapolis). Unfortunately, we’ve no explanation for the five-game absence of 2022 first round selection SS Eric Brown Jr. Let’s hope it’s short-term in nature and we see him return to action on Tuesday. Next week’s outlook: Carolina (64-56) returns home to face Royals’ Low-A affiliate Columbia (48-71). Expect RHP Fernando Olguin (5.68 ERA) to start Game One, trying to put a rough last appearance behind him. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. All eyes will need to be on the Big Club on Monday, as the minor leaguers have a travel day. 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  5. Sunday’s Game Balls go to Jackson Chourio, Marcus Walden, Tristen Lutz, Corey Ray and Nick Bennett, with an honorable mention to Garrett Whitley. Transactions: N/A Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Gwinnett 5, Nashville 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Sunk by Stripers After Late Letdown Given their first-place standing, terrific performance all year and the advantage of playing at home, the Sounds appeared to have this game in hand up 3-0 entering the 8th inning, only to give up a shocking 5-spot and fall 5-3. The loss ensured a 3-3 series split with Gwinnett for the week. Starting RHP Marcus Walden (5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 8 Ks) had his best outing of the year, while SS Brice Turang (2-for-3, walk, RBI) knocked in the game’s opening run on an RBI single in the 3rd inning. The trouble started in RHP Justin Topa’s (1 2/3 IP, 2 ER) second inning of work and continued with RHP Trevor Kelly (1/3 IP, 3 ER – season ERA balloons to 2.00) unable to put out the flames, with all the damage occurring with two outs – five runs on six consecutive singles. Three Quick Strikes: 3B Weston Wilson (1-for-3, double, sac fly, RBI), OF Joey Wiemer (1-for-4, double) and Matt Lipka (1-for-3, double, RBI) each doubled as the team built that 3-0 lead, while leadoff DH/OF Sal Frelick continued his amazing month by reaching base twice (1-for-3, walk – his AAA OPS is now .981). RHP Hobie Harris (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks – season ERA of 1.96) pitched a clean 9th inning to give Nashville a final chance, but the offense was unable to re-start as Gwinnett retired the final 10 Sounds in order. Once-heralded and still-grinding 27-year old RHP Zach Brown (1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) pitched a clean 6th inning to lower his season ERA to 3.08 as he builds his resume for potential future MLB relief work. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (66-44) hits the road to take on 60-51 Jacksonville (Marlins’ AAA affiliate). Rehabbing RHP Adrian Houser is expected to start Game One of the series. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 7, Rocket City 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Rallies To Claim Series Finale LHP Nick Bennett (6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) faced just 17 batters while sailing through a scoreless initial five innings, before the wheels suddenly jammed as the Trash Pandas went back-to-back-to-back with three consecutive homers to lead off the top of the 6th inning. Of course, to Bennett’s credit, he recovered to finish the inning with no further damage and his team only down 3-2. That initial Shucker lead came courtesy of a 1st inning OF Corey Ray (2-for-3, HR, HBP, RBI) leadoff homer, then OF Garrett Whitley (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) singling and scoring on a DH/OF Tristen Lutz (2-for-3, double, walk, 3 RBIs) single in the 4th inning. Unlike the aforementioned Sounds’ game, Biloxi’s offense was able to immediately get back into gear, with Ray and SS Andruw Monsterio (1-for-4, RBI) singling and both scoring on a Whitley double to re-claim the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th inning. After RHP Robbie Hitt allowed a run to tie it up again, 2B Yeison Coca (1-for-3, walk) walked and scored on a groundout to grab a 5-4 advantage, then Lutz doubled in two more runs to provide a 7-4 cushion in the bottom of the 7th inning. By winning both weekend games, Biloxi was able to grab a 3-3 series tie for the week. Three Quick Strikes: RHP Nash Walters (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks) continued his notable 2022 resurgence by getting the final four outs of the game and earn his first save of the year. 3B Cam Devanney is in a bit of a slump (0-for-4 in this game, 6-for-43 in August), although this writer still believes in him after his amazing first four months of 2022. It’s honestly good to see old friend 27-year old 1B/OF Ryan Aguilar (.889 season OPS; 13th homer of the year in this game) playing regularly and playing well for Rocket City. He was an intriguing prospect given the amount of center field time the Brewers’ gave him before his nightmare 2021 campaign which led to his exit. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (54-52) goes on the road to face 53-48 Montgomery (Rays’ AA affiliate). RHP TJ Shook (3.86 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 in 98 High-A/AA innings) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Biscuits. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Brewers' Chourio homers on four-hit day Don’t miss the terrific video highlights put together by the Rattlers’ media team: Wisconsin’s offense came through early to give their tired staff much-needed support, as a leadoff C Darrien Miller walk was followed by OF Jackson Chourio annihilating a 3-0 pitch for his 4th homer as a Timber Rattler (and his 16th of the year) for a 2-0 lead. Chourio was something of a one-man wrecking crew, going 4-for-4 in the game with 2 RBIs. Tied 2-2 in the 3rd inning, Miller and Chourio again led the charge, walking and singling with one out, then scoring on RBI singles by C Jeferson Quero (2-for-4, RBI) and SS Eduardo Garcia (2-for-4, RBI). A wild pitch added another run for a 5-2 advantage. Facing the Cubs for the second time in six days, RHP Israel Puello (3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 6 BB, 2 Ks) again struggled, walking batters each and every inning, including the last three hitters he faced. Thankfully, RHP Christian Tripp (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks) managed to strand two of three inherited runners to limit the damage and exit the frame up 5-3. From there, it wasn’t easy, but RHPs Taylor Floyd (2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and James Meeker (2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K) managed to battle through traffic to pitch four shutout innings, giving Meeker his 11th save of the year. South Bend actually has men on 2nd and 3rd base with one out in the top of the 9th inning before Meeker delivered a full-count strikeout and then induced a line out to left field to end the win, giving the Timber Rattlers a hard-earned 4-2 series victory. Three Quick Strikes: After Puello’s rough Tuesday outing (3 2/3 IP, 7 ER), I’d imagine that Manager Joe Ayrault wanted to give him a full week of rest, but that theoretical plan (if it existed) needed to be shelved after the team was forced into a bullpen game on Saturday (given RHP Justin Bullock’s absence). Both teams were generous in their own way in this game, with the Cubs going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, while the Timber Rattlers allowed four Cubs’ stolen bases with zero caught stealing. For the second straight game, Miller (0-for-2, 3 BB) walked three times in the leadoff spot, so it’s a safe bet he’ll continue in the role. Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (58-49) travels to battle 63-45 Cedar Rapids (Twins’ High-A affiliate) this week. RHP Justin Jarvis (3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 in 110 2/2 innings) is expected to start the opener. Carolina Pre-Game Notes (not available) Final: Delmarva 3, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Wastes Early Lead in Series Splitting Loss Starting RHP Fernando Olguin (5 IP, 2 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks) had kept a zero on the board in spite of giving up a hit in each of the first five innings, before his fortune ran out in the bottom of the 6th inning. By contrast, both initial Carolina runs (2nd and 5th inning) were produced without the benefit of a hit, as they were actually outhit 13-5 in the contest. Of course, the Mudcats did walk six times and get hit by a pitch, but they’ll rue their 0-for-7 output with runners in scoring position. That fateful 6th inning went single, triple, single before RHP Miguel Guerrero (2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) entered in relief. Three Shorebird singles off Guerrero in the 7th inning gave them the only lead they would ever need in claiming a come-from-behind win to knot the series 3-3. Three Quick Strikes: 19-year old RHP Jeison Pena (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K – lowering season ERA to 3.38 in ACL/Low-A) pitched a scoreless 8th inning to give his teammates a chance to tie it up, but unfortunately Delmarva retired the Mudcat hitters in order in the 9th inning. 2B Jadher Areinamo (2-for-4, SB) and DH/SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk) each reached base twice to lead the Mudcat offense, although each were also caught stealing. OF Hendry Mendez exited the game in the bottom of the 6th inning. Let’s hope this was a scheduled time-share with OF Jace Avina as part of Mendez’ re-introduction to action after a recent injury. Next week’s outlook: Carolina (55-53) returns home to face 47-60 Fayetteville (Astros’ Low-A affiliate). Expect RHP Jeferson Figueroa to start the series opener, still looking for his first organizational win. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Monday DSL/ACL squads! 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  6. Wisconsin held on for a hard-won series victory, led by a Chourio masterpiece. Biloxi withstood three consecutive homers in a comeback victory. Nashville and Carolina unfortunately gave up late leads in tough losses. Sunday’s Game Balls go to Jackson Chourio, Marcus Walden, Tristen Lutz, Corey Ray and Nick Bennett, with an honorable mention to Garrett Whitley. Transactions: N/A Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Gwinnett 5, Nashville 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Sunk by Stripers After Late Letdown Given their first-place standing, terrific performance all year and the advantage of playing at home, the Sounds appeared to have this game in hand up 3-0 entering the 8th inning, only to give up a shocking 5-spot and fall 5-3. The loss ensured a 3-3 series split with Gwinnett for the week. Starting RHP Marcus Walden (5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 8 Ks) had his best outing of the year, while SS Brice Turang (2-for-3, walk, RBI) knocked in the game’s opening run on an RBI single in the 3rd inning. The trouble started in RHP Justin Topa’s (1 2/3 IP, 2 ER) second inning of work and continued with RHP Trevor Kelly (1/3 IP, 3 ER – season ERA balloons to 2.00) unable to put out the flames, with all the damage occurring with two outs – five runs on six consecutive singles. Three Quick Strikes: 3B Weston Wilson (1-for-3, double, sac fly, RBI), OF Joey Wiemer (1-for-4, double) and Matt Lipka (1-for-3, double, RBI) each doubled as the team built that 3-0 lead, while leadoff DH/OF Sal Frelick continued his amazing month by reaching base twice (1-for-3, walk – his AAA OPS is now .981). RHP Hobie Harris (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks – season ERA of 1.96) pitched a clean 9th inning to give Nashville a final chance, but the offense was unable to re-start as Gwinnett retired the final 10 Sounds in order. Once-heralded and still-grinding 27-year old RHP Zach Brown (1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) pitched a clean 6th inning to lower his season ERA to 3.08 as he builds his resume for potential future MLB relief work. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (66-44) hits the road to take on 60-51 Jacksonville (Marlins’ AAA affiliate). Rehabbing RHP Adrian Houser is expected to start Game One of the series. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 7, Rocket City 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Biloxi Rallies To Claim Series Finale LHP Nick Bennett (6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) faced just 17 batters while sailing through a scoreless initial five innings, before the wheels suddenly jammed as the Trash Pandas went back-to-back-to-back with three consecutive homers to lead off the top of the 6th inning. Of course, to Bennett’s credit, he recovered to finish the inning with no further damage and his team only down 3-2. That initial Shucker lead came courtesy of a 1st inning OF Corey Ray (2-for-3, HR, HBP, RBI) leadoff homer, then OF Garrett Whitley (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) singling and scoring on a DH/OF Tristen Lutz (2-for-3, double, walk, 3 RBIs) single in the 4th inning. Unlike the aforementioned Sounds’ game, Biloxi’s offense was able to immediately get back into gear, with Ray and SS Andruw Monsterio (1-for-4, RBI) singling and both scoring on a Whitley double to re-claim the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th inning. After RHP Robbie Hitt allowed a run to tie it up again, 2B Yeison Coca (1-for-3, walk) walked and scored on a groundout to grab a 5-4 advantage, then Lutz doubled in two more runs to provide a 7-4 cushion in the bottom of the 7th inning. By winning both weekend games, Biloxi was able to grab a 3-3 series tie for the week. Three Quick Strikes: RHP Nash Walters (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks) continued his notable 2022 resurgence by getting the final four outs of the game and earn his first save of the year. 3B Cam Devanney is in a bit of a slump (0-for-4 in this game, 6-for-43 in August), although this writer still believes in him after his amazing first four months of 2022. It’s honestly good to see old friend 27-year old 1B/OF Ryan Aguilar (.889 season OPS; 13th homer of the year in this game) playing regularly and playing well for Rocket City. He was an intriguing prospect given the amount of center field time the Brewers’ gave him before his nightmare 2021 campaign which led to his exit. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (54-52) goes on the road to face 53-48 Montgomery (Rays’ AA affiliate). RHP TJ Shook (3.86 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 in 98 High-A/AA innings) is scheduled to get the first crack at the Biscuits. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Brewers' Chourio homers on four-hit day Don’t miss the terrific video highlights put together by the Rattlers’ media team: Wisconsin’s offense came through early to give their tired staff much-needed support, as a leadoff C Darrien Miller walk was followed by OF Jackson Chourio annihilating a 3-0 pitch for his 4th homer as a Timber Rattler (and his 16th of the year) for a 2-0 lead. Chourio was something of a one-man wrecking crew, going 4-for-4 in the game with 2 RBIs. Tied 2-2 in the 3rd inning, Miller and Chourio again led the charge, walking and singling with one out, then scoring on RBI singles by C Jeferson Quero (2-for-4, RBI) and SS Eduardo Garcia (2-for-4, RBI). A wild pitch added another run for a 5-2 advantage. Facing the Cubs for the second time in six days, RHP Israel Puello (3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 6 BB, 2 Ks) again struggled, walking batters each and every inning, including the last three hitters he faced. Thankfully, RHP Christian Tripp (1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks) managed to strand two of three inherited runners to limit the damage and exit the frame up 5-3. From there, it wasn’t easy, but RHPs Taylor Floyd (2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and James Meeker (2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K) managed to battle through traffic to pitch four shutout innings, giving Meeker his 11th save of the year. South Bend actually has men on 2nd and 3rd base with one out in the top of the 9th inning before Meeker delivered a full-count strikeout and then induced a line out to left field to end the win, giving the Timber Rattlers a hard-earned 4-2 series victory. Three Quick Strikes: After Puello’s rough Tuesday outing (3 2/3 IP, 7 ER), I’d imagine that Manager Joe Ayrault wanted to give him a full week of rest, but that theoretical plan (if it existed) needed to be shelved after the team was forced into a bullpen game on Saturday (given RHP Justin Bullock’s absence). Both teams were generous in their own way in this game, with the Cubs going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, while the Timber Rattlers allowed four Cubs’ stolen bases with zero caught stealing. For the second straight game, Miller (0-for-2, 3 BB) walked three times in the leadoff spot, so it’s a safe bet he’ll continue in the role. Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (58-49) travels to battle 63-45 Cedar Rapids (Twins’ High-A affiliate) this week. RHP Justin Jarvis (3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 in 110 2/2 innings) is expected to start the opener. Carolina Pre-Game Notes (not available) Final: Delmarva 3, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Wastes Early Lead in Series Splitting Loss Starting RHP Fernando Olguin (5 IP, 2 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks) had kept a zero on the board in spite of giving up a hit in each of the first five innings, before his fortune ran out in the bottom of the 6th inning. By contrast, both initial Carolina runs (2nd and 5th inning) were produced without the benefit of a hit, as they were actually outhit 13-5 in the contest. Of course, the Mudcats did walk six times and get hit by a pitch, but they’ll rue their 0-for-7 output with runners in scoring position. That fateful 6th inning went single, triple, single before RHP Miguel Guerrero (2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) entered in relief. Three Shorebird singles off Guerrero in the 7th inning gave them the only lead they would ever need in claiming a come-from-behind win to knot the series 3-3. Three Quick Strikes: 19-year old RHP Jeison Pena (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K – lowering season ERA to 3.38 in ACL/Low-A) pitched a scoreless 8th inning to give his teammates a chance to tie it up, but unfortunately Delmarva retired the Mudcat hitters in order in the 9th inning. 2B Jadher Areinamo (2-for-4, SB) and DH/SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk) each reached base twice to lead the Mudcat offense, although each were also caught stealing. OF Hendry Mendez exited the game in the bottom of the 6th inning. Let’s hope this was a scheduled time-share with OF Jace Avina as part of Mendez’ re-introduction to action after a recent injury. Next week’s outlook: Carolina (55-53) returns home to face 47-60 Fayetteville (Astros’ Low-A affiliate). Expect RHP Jeferson Figueroa to start the series opener, still looking for his first organizational win. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Monday DSL/ACL squads! 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  7. Jason Alexander shut out Charlotte over five innings, as Nashville defeated Charlotte 3-1. Nick Bennett put in his second straight terrific performance, striking out eight in Biloxi’s 6-1 victory over Montgomery, while Garrett Mitchell hit the tie-breaking 8th inning homer. Wes Clarke reached base in all four of his plate appearances, but Wisconsin went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in their 6-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Carolina’s offense was largely absent in Fayetteville, as the Mudcats fell behind 4-0 and ultimately lost 5-1. In short season action, the Brewers’ Dominican squads were both victorious, while ACL Blue was unlucky and ACL Gold got rained out. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Alexander, Bennett, Mitchell and Clarke, as well as Thomas Dillard, with apologies to Tristen Lutz. Transactions: Signed 17-year old RHP Saul Arias out of Puebla, Mexico RHP Luke Barker (elbow) placed on the "Full Season" injured list at AAA Nashville OF Micah Bello moved from the 7-day to the 60-day injured list at High-A Wisconsin (initial placement was June 20th) RHP Max Lazar moved from the 7-day to the 60-day injured list at High-A Wisconsin (initial placement was June 13th) Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Charlotte 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Mitchell's Go-Ahead Blast Helps Shuckers To 6-1 Victory RHP Jason Alexander’s (5 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 Ks) first AAA start since a June 1st promotion to The Show went smoothly, as he induced weak contact over five scoreless innings. 22-year old SS Brice Turang (1-for-3, double, walk) and 23-year old C Mario Feliciano (2-for-4, double, RBI) opened the bottom of the 1st inning with a double and RBI single, respectively, as Nashville grabbed the early 1-0 lead. After RHP Matt Hardy (2.05 season ERA in AA/AAA) pitched a clean 6th inning, RHP Luis Perdomo was surprisingly asked to make a second straight rehab appearance (his sixth since July 13th) after also throwing in Wednesday’s game. Perdomo struggled a bit, giving up a tying run on a walk, single and RBI groundout before RHP Zack Brown (3.55 season ERA in AAA) entered to get the final out of the 7th inning. Perdomo was also assisted by a nice defensive play by 3B Patrick Dorrian. Rehabbing RHP Justin Topa ran into similar trouble in the 8th inning (leadoff single and walk), but escaped unharmed through a fly out and ground ball double play, setting the stage for the Sounds’ offense to finally re-awaken. A one-out double by DH Jon Singleton (.821 season OPS) and single by 2B Pablo Reyes (2-for-3, walk; .837 season OPS) had Nashville poised to grab the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning, though it ultimately occurred in bizarre fashion, with a wild pitch walk scoring Singleton and a catcher throwing error also plating Reyes on the same play. RHP Trevor Kelley (0.41 season ERA in AAA) reminded us that he’s also stellar, striking out the side swinging in the 9th inning for his fifth AAA save this year. Friday’s outlook: Rehabbing RHP Freddy Peralta is scheduled to make his second rehab start in Nashville, as the Sounds aim for a fourth straight victory at home. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Montgomery 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Late Runs Lead Sounds Past Knights Similar to the Sounds’ contest, Biloxi found itself knotted 1-1 entering the 8th inning on the back of terrific starting pitching from LHP Nick Bennett (6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 8 Ks). Bennett actually exited down 1-0 on a 3rd inning homer, but 1B Thomas Dillard (2-for-3, HR, double, walk, RBI) doubled and scored on a C Brent Diaz single to tie the game in the 7th inning. After RHPs Kent Hasler and Robbie Hitt pitched scoreless 7th and 8th innings, the Shucker offense erupted in the bottom of the 8th inning, with OF Garrett Mitchell (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) hitting the clutch 2-run homer to center field to take a 3-1 lead. Mitchell’s blast was followed by a OF Tristen Lutz (2-for-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs) two-run shot and then Dillard smacking a solo homer to swiftly give Biloxi a comfortable 6-1 lead. 25-year old (and presumably free agent-to-be) RHP Nash Walters pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, as he continues the best baseball of his career (zero earned runs over his last 16 games, with 26 strikeouts over 16 2/3 innings during this stretch). Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr (2.63 season ERA in High-A/AA) is scheduled to start Friday’s game, as Biloxi looks to grab a 3-1 series lead at home against Montgomery. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Slow Start Dooms Rattlers Also check out the game highlights put together by the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: Knowing that Wisconsin came in with a 9-game losing streak, Cedar Rapids immediately jumped on the Timber Rattlers, scoring four runs on three hits and three walks in the 1st inning. Starting RHP Israel Puello (4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 6 BB, 5 Ks) had been promoted from Low-A Carolina in part on the strength of his 61K / 17 BB ratio, so his struggle for control in this game (his 5th start in High-A) was an aberration for him. DH Wes Clarke (3-for-3, two doubles, walk, RBI) doubled in OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-5) in the bottom of the 1st inning, then SS Ethan Murray (1-for-3, double, walk) doubled and scored to tighten the contest at 4-2 in the 2nd inning. However, Wisconsin stranded one runner in the 2nd inning and the bases loaded in the 3rd inning before the Kernals started padding their lead. For the game, the Timber Rattlers went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring positions, stranding 10 men on base. RHPs Zach Mort (3 2/3 IP, 4 Ks) and James Meeker (1 IP, 2 Ks) were solid in relief, combining to pitch 4 2/3 innings without yielding any earned runs. Friday’s outlook: LHP Antoine Kelly (3.41 ERA) is Friday’s scheduled starter per the Thursday Game Notes, but let’s play it by ear as he just threw 100 pitches in Sunday’s contest. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fayetteville 5, Carolina 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Perez Homers in 5-1 Loss in Fayetteville With Chourio promoted and Jeferson Quero getting a rest day, this game was a challenge for the Mudcat offense, which only managed three hits and three walks against 16 strikeouts. The Woodpeckers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning against RHP Stiven Cruz on a hit-by-pitch and 2-run homer by OF Joey Loperfido. The 23-year old Loperfido (c’mon Astros, promote the man) then bested Cruz again in the 5th inning with another 2-run blast. OF Hedbert Perez hit a solo shot in the 7th inning for the Mudcats’ sole run, his 12th of the year, to briefly cut the gap to 4-1. Perhaps the game’s biggest bright spot was the returns of LHP Karlos Morales (last pitched July 4th) and Brannon Jordan (last pitched July 3rd). Neither allowed an earned run in their one inning of work each. The Mudcats’ youngest pitcher 19-year old RHP Jeison Pena (2.83 season ERA in Rookie / Low-A) also pitched a scoreless inning. Friday’s outlook: RHP Miguel Segura (4.70 ERA) is expected to be on the hill for Game 4 of the series, as Carolina tries to take a 3-1 series lead in Fayetteville. ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE Final: ACL Cubs 4, ACL Brewers Blue 3 (final in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Some claim that it’s better to be lucky than good and the Cubs clearly subscribe to this mantra. RHP Jared Albir (5 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 2 BB, 1 balk, 7 Ks) had dominated the ACL Cubs, allowing only an unearned run in the 1st inning. Meanwhile, the Men in Blue tied the game in the 3rd inning on a Daniel Guilarte (1-for-3, walk, RBI) single and grabbed a 3-1 lead in the 4th inning on a wild pitch and C Felipe Valderrama (1-for-2, HBP, RBI) single. However, after our Blue Squad squandered a two-on, nobody out opportunity in the top of the 6th inning, the lucky Cubs used a walk and consecutive 2-out infield singles to tie the game 3-3 in the bottom of the 6th inning, then took the 4-3 lead on a triple. OF Jace Avina (0-for-2) was plunked to start the game and then again to commence the 7th inning, leaving him stuck at 9 homers on the season and unable to take over this game. Postponed (Rain): ACL Brewers Gold vs. ACL Reds I assume they’ll make up this game via an August 9th doubleheader, but don’t quote me. Time will tell. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Brewers1 6, DSL Texas Red 1 Box Score / Game Log 17-year old LHP Wande Torres (5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 3 Ks) and 18-year old Dikember Sanchez (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks) were both terrific in limiting Texas Red to one run over eight innings. The Brewers1 squad grabbed its first lead on a 3B Jhonny Severino (1-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs) two-run homer in the 3rd inning, his second of the year. OF Duncan Garcia (1-for-4, HR, RBI) extended the lead with solo shot in the 4th inning, also his second of the season. OF Luis Lara (1-for-4, RBI, SB) also knocked in a run on an infield single in the 5th inning. The Brewers1 team only managed to garner five hits, but made the most of them, along with five helpful errors by Texas Red. Zero errors for Brewers1 in nine innings is terrific to see at this level. Final: DSL Brewers2 11, DSL Phillies White 3 Box Score / Game Log 20-year old RHP Jerel Vizcaino (5 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 1 WP, 4 Ks; season ERA 1.93) had another outstanding outing, while 18-year old David Dominguez (2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) also had an encouraging performance. 18-year old 1B Yeison Perez (3-for-5, triple, double, walk, 4 RBIs) nearly hit for the cycle, opening scoring with an RBI triple in the 1st inning, extending the lead to 3-0 with an RBI double in the 3rd inning and plating two more runs for a 10-1 lead with a single to center field in the 5th inning. He also lined out (4th inning) and grounded out (7th inning). The Phillies walked him in his final opportunity to complete the cycle. 17-year old OF Reminton Batista (3-for-5, triple, walk, RBI) had his best game of the year, lifting his season batting average to .271 and season OPS to .689. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams! 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  8. Strong pitching and some late opponent blunders gave the Sounds a close win. The Shuckers blew open a tight affair with three eighth inning homers. The Timber Rattlers fell behind early in their 10th straight loss. The Mudcats mustered just three hits in their loss. Jason Alexander shut out Charlotte over five innings, as Nashville defeated Charlotte 3-1. Nick Bennett put in his second straight terrific performance, striking out eight in Biloxi’s 6-1 victory over Montgomery, while Garrett Mitchell hit the tie-breaking 8th inning homer. Wes Clarke reached base in all four of his plate appearances, but Wisconsin went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in their 6-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Carolina’s offense was largely absent in Fayetteville, as the Mudcats fell behind 4-0 and ultimately lost 5-1. In short season action, the Brewers’ Dominican squads were both victorious, while ACL Blue was unlucky and ACL Gold got rained out. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Alexander, Bennett, Mitchell and Clarke, as well as Thomas Dillard, with apologies to Tristen Lutz. Transactions: Signed 17-year old RHP Saul Arias out of Puebla, Mexico RHP Luke Barker (elbow) placed on the "Full Season" injured list at AAA Nashville OF Micah Bello moved from the 7-day to the 60-day injured list at High-A Wisconsin (initial placement was June 20th) RHP Max Lazar moved from the 7-day to the 60-day injured list at High-A Wisconsin (initial placement was June 13th) Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Charlotte 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Mitchell's Go-Ahead Blast Helps Shuckers To 6-1 Victory RHP Jason Alexander’s (5 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 Ks) first AAA start since a June 1st promotion to The Show went smoothly, as he induced weak contact over five scoreless innings. 22-year old SS Brice Turang (1-for-3, double, walk) and 23-year old C Mario Feliciano (2-for-4, double, RBI) opened the bottom of the 1st inning with a double and RBI single, respectively, as Nashville grabbed the early 1-0 lead. After RHP Matt Hardy (2.05 season ERA in AA/AAA) pitched a clean 6th inning, RHP Luis Perdomo was surprisingly asked to make a second straight rehab appearance (his sixth since July 13th) after also throwing in Wednesday’s game. Perdomo struggled a bit, giving up a tying run on a walk, single and RBI groundout before RHP Zack Brown (3.55 season ERA in AAA) entered to get the final out of the 7th inning. Perdomo was also assisted by a nice defensive play by 3B Patrick Dorrian. Rehabbing RHP Justin Topa ran into similar trouble in the 8th inning (leadoff single and walk), but escaped unharmed through a fly out and ground ball double play, setting the stage for the Sounds’ offense to finally re-awaken. A one-out double by DH Jon Singleton (.821 season OPS) and single by 2B Pablo Reyes (2-for-3, walk; .837 season OPS) had Nashville poised to grab the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning, though it ultimately occurred in bizarre fashion, with a wild pitch walk scoring Singleton and a catcher throwing error also plating Reyes on the same play. RHP Trevor Kelley (0.41 season ERA in AAA) reminded us that he’s also stellar, striking out the side swinging in the 9th inning for his fifth AAA save this year. Friday’s outlook: Rehabbing RHP Freddy Peralta is scheduled to make his second rehab start in Nashville, as the Sounds aim for a fourth straight victory at home. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Montgomery 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Late Runs Lead Sounds Past Knights Similar to the Sounds’ contest, Biloxi found itself knotted 1-1 entering the 8th inning on the back of terrific starting pitching from LHP Nick Bennett (6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 8 Ks). Bennett actually exited down 1-0 on a 3rd inning homer, but 1B Thomas Dillard (2-for-3, HR, double, walk, RBI) doubled and scored on a C Brent Diaz single to tie the game in the 7th inning. After RHPs Kent Hasler and Robbie Hitt pitched scoreless 7th and 8th innings, the Shucker offense erupted in the bottom of the 8th inning, with OF Garrett Mitchell (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) hitting the clutch 2-run homer to center field to take a 3-1 lead. Mitchell’s blast was followed by a OF Tristen Lutz (2-for-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs) two-run shot and then Dillard smacking a solo homer to swiftly give Biloxi a comfortable 6-1 lead. 25-year old (and presumably free agent-to-be) RHP Nash Walters pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, as he continues the best baseball of his career (zero earned runs over his last 16 games, with 26 strikeouts over 16 2/3 innings during this stretch). Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr (2.63 season ERA in High-A/AA) is scheduled to start Friday’s game, as Biloxi looks to grab a 3-1 series lead at home against Montgomery. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Slow Start Dooms Rattlers Also check out the game highlights put together by the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: Knowing that Wisconsin came in with a 9-game losing streak, Cedar Rapids immediately jumped on the Timber Rattlers, scoring four runs on three hits and three walks in the 1st inning. Starting RHP Israel Puello (4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 6 BB, 5 Ks) had been promoted from Low-A Carolina in part on the strength of his 61K / 17 BB ratio, so his struggle for control in this game (his 5th start in High-A) was an aberration for him. DH Wes Clarke (3-for-3, two doubles, walk, RBI) doubled in OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-5) in the bottom of the 1st inning, then SS Ethan Murray (1-for-3, double, walk) doubled and scored to tighten the contest at 4-2 in the 2nd inning. However, Wisconsin stranded one runner in the 2nd inning and the bases loaded in the 3rd inning before the Kernals started padding their lead. For the game, the Timber Rattlers went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring positions, stranding 10 men on base. RHPs Zach Mort (3 2/3 IP, 4 Ks) and James Meeker (1 IP, 2 Ks) were solid in relief, combining to pitch 4 2/3 innings without yielding any earned runs. Friday’s outlook: LHP Antoine Kelly (3.41 ERA) is Friday’s scheduled starter per the Thursday Game Notes, but let’s play it by ear as he just threw 100 pitches in Sunday’s contest. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fayetteville 5, Carolina 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Perez Homers in 5-1 Loss in Fayetteville With Chourio promoted and Jeferson Quero getting a rest day, this game was a challenge for the Mudcat offense, which only managed three hits and three walks against 16 strikeouts. The Woodpeckers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning against RHP Stiven Cruz on a hit-by-pitch and 2-run homer by OF Joey Loperfido. The 23-year old Loperfido (c’mon Astros, promote the man) then bested Cruz again in the 5th inning with another 2-run blast. OF Hedbert Perez hit a solo shot in the 7th inning for the Mudcats’ sole run, his 12th of the year, to briefly cut the gap to 4-1. Perhaps the game’s biggest bright spot was the returns of LHP Karlos Morales (last pitched July 4th) and Brannon Jordan (last pitched July 3rd). Neither allowed an earned run in their one inning of work each. The Mudcats’ youngest pitcher 19-year old RHP Jeison Pena (2.83 season ERA in Rookie / Low-A) also pitched a scoreless inning. Friday’s outlook: RHP Miguel Segura (4.70 ERA) is expected to be on the hill for Game 4 of the series, as Carolina tries to take a 3-1 series lead in Fayetteville. ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE Final: ACL Cubs 4, ACL Brewers Blue 3 (final in 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log Some claim that it’s better to be lucky than good and the Cubs clearly subscribe to this mantra. RHP Jared Albir (5 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 2 BB, 1 balk, 7 Ks) had dominated the ACL Cubs, allowing only an unearned run in the 1st inning. Meanwhile, the Men in Blue tied the game in the 3rd inning on a Daniel Guilarte (1-for-3, walk, RBI) single and grabbed a 3-1 lead in the 4th inning on a wild pitch and C Felipe Valderrama (1-for-2, HBP, RBI) single. However, after our Blue Squad squandered a two-on, nobody out opportunity in the top of the 6th inning, the lucky Cubs used a walk and consecutive 2-out infield singles to tie the game 3-3 in the bottom of the 6th inning, then took the 4-3 lead on a triple. OF Jace Avina (0-for-2) was plunked to start the game and then again to commence the 7th inning, leaving him stuck at 9 homers on the season and unable to take over this game. Postponed (Rain): ACL Brewers Gold vs. ACL Reds I assume they’ll make up this game via an August 9th doubleheader, but don’t quote me. Time will tell. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Brewers1 6, DSL Texas Red 1 Box Score / Game Log 17-year old LHP Wande Torres (5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 3 Ks) and 18-year old Dikember Sanchez (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 Ks) were both terrific in limiting Texas Red to one run over eight innings. The Brewers1 squad grabbed its first lead on a 3B Jhonny Severino (1-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs) two-run homer in the 3rd inning, his second of the year. OF Duncan Garcia (1-for-4, HR, RBI) extended the lead with solo shot in the 4th inning, also his second of the season. OF Luis Lara (1-for-4, RBI, SB) also knocked in a run on an infield single in the 5th inning. The Brewers1 team only managed to garner five hits, but made the most of them, along with five helpful errors by Texas Red. Zero errors for Brewers1 in nine innings is terrific to see at this level. Final: DSL Brewers2 11, DSL Phillies White 3 Box Score / Game Log 20-year old RHP Jerel Vizcaino (5 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 1 WP, 4 Ks; season ERA 1.93) had another outstanding outing, while 18-year old David Dominguez (2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) also had an encouraging performance. 18-year old 1B Yeison Perez (3-for-5, triple, double, walk, 4 RBIs) nearly hit for the cycle, opening scoring with an RBI triple in the 1st inning, extending the lead to 3-0 with an RBI double in the 3rd inning and plating two more runs for a 10-1 lead with a single to center field in the 5th inning. He also lined out (4th inning) and grounded out (7th inning). The Phillies walked him in his final opportunity to complete the cycle. 17-year old OF Reminton Batista (3-for-5, triple, walk, RBI) had his best game of the year, lifting his season batting average to .271 and season OPS to .689. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams! 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  9. Transaction: Sounds RH reliever Luke Barker has not officially been placed on the AAA injured list as of yet, but the news isn't great - Barker is not the injured prospect I refer to above. Our best to Luke, it's now #HealLukeBarker. - RHP Rafael Garcia was assigned to ACL Brewers Blue for rehab assignment, 21-year old Garcia threw 49 2/3 innings in Maryvale last year (6.16 ERA). He made his 2022 debut Friday after dealing with an undisclosed injury. Garcia was placed on the High-A Timber Rattlers' injured list to begin this season in what must have been a paperwork maneuver related to roster juggling. *** Final: Nashville 12, Louisville (Reds) 6 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Singleton Hits Two Homers as Sounds Runaway Late - Nashville cracks four homers, use big innings late to overcome early deficit at Louisville Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Cincinnati's AAA club has been as unsuccessful as their big-league mates - now 36-54. Your first-place Sounds, however, chug along at an impressive 55-35. Too bad this is only a three-game series. Sadly, road game without cultivated video, so take our word for it when we remind you that the top five in the order went 13-for-23 with six extra-base hits and seven walks. Only Mario Feliciano, back from his MLB taxi-squad stint, went hitless, though he drew a walk. Business card: 33-year-old switch-hitting OF Abraham Almonte, professional hitter. He has a 1.004 OPS vs. RHP's, may as well be stronger vs. those you'll see more often. No Keston Hiura (yet), thought this would be his latest "first game back" at AAA. Close games, blowout wins, bailing out the starting pitcher, it's been the theme of the Nashville pitching season - the bullpen's performance has been ridiculously strong and consistent. *** Final: Biloxi 5, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Bennett's Seven Frames Helps Shuckers Start Home Stand with Win - Biloxi Pitching Holds Wahoos’ to Two Hits, Frelick Homers in Second Straight Game Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log It wasn't an eye-popping team offensive outburst (6 H, 4 BB, 13 K), but there's something about seeing a healthy Mitchell-Frelick-Wiemer outfield to be sure. Garrett and Sal combined for three stolen bases as well. This lineup is deep, Lutz-Valerio-Devanney in the 6-7-8 spots for this one. Shouldn't avoid mentioning Joey Wiemer's K %-age is now over 34% after his sombrero here. As for southpaw Nick Bennett, I strongly encourage you to read through this thread from earlier this month. It's by Jackson Sigman, a RH reliever for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Vibes team in the Brewers' chain. He now works for Driveline, the data-driven player development gurus. That's fantastic stuff! Now, Bennett's game log shows that he has sandwiched one middling effort between two stellar ones since that came out, but Nick is trending in the right direction. The Brewers' pitching development staff has been very productive, but this shows that sometimes a player has to go outside the system for a fresh perspective. If this is the new Nick Bennett, it's good for all. *** Final: Beloit (Marlins) 10, Wisconsin 9 Late Rattler Rally Falls Short of Sky Carp Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Nice to have this audio back! Audio via the Rattler Radio SoundCloud - "The Timber Rattlers lost 10-9 to the Beloit Sky Carp in their first home game since July 3. Chris Mehring and Kyle Lobner talk about the 9-2 deficit and the comeback by the Rattlers to make Beloit just a little nervous. Manager Joe Ayrault joins the podcast with some clubhouse comments, too." Eight in the lineup with base knocks, five with multiple, including three for Ashton McGee. The three team errors were unfortunate, and RH starter Israel Puello's very impressive run of four starts to begin his High-A career hit a road bump. If you remember the "Beloit Snappers", then like me, this will make you laugh: *** Final: Down East (Rangers) 12, Carolina 10 Wood Ducks Outlast Mudcats 12-10 in Series Opener - Jackson Chourio went 3-for-6 with three doubles, three runs and two RBI in the Carolina loss Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log I've had many people send me messages about when the Chourio call-up will happen - I guarantee you the Wisconsin ticket office staff would like to know as well -- The start by RHP Stiven Cruz was similar in nature to that of Israel Puello in Appleton, heralded young arm who had a clunker coming out of the break. The darn box score and game log sent us to the MiLB.TV archive once again. Why would prized SS prospect Eduardo Garcia have to be lifted for a pinch-runner after going from first to third on a base hit in the 9th? For MiLB.TV subscribers: Go to the 03:45:45 hour/minute mark. The camera work captured it all very clearly. Looks like a right hamstring issue, though that's the unofficial word - because as we know, we won't get an official word! Definitely did not look promising for a quick return, though... *** Final: ACL Reds 11, ACL Brewers Blue 7 Box Score / Game Log Rafael Garcia, who you read about in the Transaction note to kick things off today, did not retire any of the four batters he faced in his start (three walks). Baby steps, Rafael, welcome back. My, oh my, Jace Avina, are you kidding? In case you missed the written report we linked to earlier this week, here it is in video form: Avina clubbed home runs #7 and #8 in this game, in just 90 at-bats! No bandboxes in Arizona, either! Avina added a single and a walk and now sports a .300/.427/.656 line. Now we should mention that 38 of his 63 outs have come via strikeout, a 42.2% K rate. Unlike his long balls, that won't "fly". What a fascinating rookie-level prospect! *** Final: ACL Brewers Gold 8, ACL Athletics 3 Box Score / Game Log Six Golden Boys with multiple hits, including 18-year-old infielder (3rd base here) Jadher Areinamo, who is flashing a .902 OPS. Unlike their counterparts in several outposts across the chain, the club here combined their efforts at the plate with solid defense and mound work. The two Maryvale clubs square off for the umpteenth time on Saturday morning. *** Final: DSL Reds 12, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 2 Box Score / Game Log Final: Nationals 4, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 3 Box Score / Game Log In that 2nd game, the Crew lost on a walk-off three-run triple after loading the bases on three non-base hits. Further specific details on both games are available via @damuelle in our Minor League Forum, follow this link to see the two posts. *** On Saturday, all the full-season clubs play early evening games. So that being said, we leave you with one of the more catchy pop hits of America' bicentennial year, though the artists came from across the pond. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  10. The full-season minor league affiliates all returned to play Friday night after four days off and let's just say, the Brewers bats (and their opponent's) were very refreshed. There were 18 runs scored in Nashville's game at Louisville. The Wisconsin and Carolina home games saw 19 and 22 runs light up the scoreboard, respectively, in games with unfavorable final scores. A combined 29 young men crossed the plate in the two Arizona Rookie games, a combined 21 in the two Dominican contests. Only in Biloxi, where LHP Nick Bennett (much more on him in a bit) and two relievers combined on a two-hitter in a 5-1 victory, did any semblance of mound magic prevail. Be prepared to refer to crooked numbers, positive and not-so-positive, when you review the teams' game summaries and the linked box scores. Strap on your seat belt, roller coaster fans - it is summer, after all! Oh, and one of the Brewers best prospects exited with what appeared to be a significant injury, sigh... Transaction: Sounds RH reliever Luke Barker has not officially been placed on the AAA injured list as of yet, but the news isn't great - Barker is not the injured prospect I refer to above. Our best to Luke, it's now #HealLukeBarker. - RHP Rafael Garcia was assigned to ACL Brewers Blue for rehab assignment, 21-year old Garcia threw 49 2/3 innings in Maryvale last year (6.16 ERA). He made his 2022 debut Friday after dealing with an undisclosed injury. Garcia was placed on the High-A Timber Rattlers' injured list to begin this season in what must have been a paperwork maneuver related to roster juggling. *** Final: Nashville 12, Louisville (Reds) 6 Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Singleton Hits Two Homers as Sounds Runaway Late - Nashville cracks four homers, use big innings late to overcome early deficit at Louisville Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Cincinnati's AAA club has been as unsuccessful as their big-league mates - now 36-54. Your first-place Sounds, however, chug along at an impressive 55-35. Too bad this is only a three-game series. Sadly, road game without cultivated video, so take our word for it when we remind you that the top five in the order went 13-for-23 with six extra-base hits and seven walks. Only Mario Feliciano, back from his MLB taxi-squad stint, went hitless, though he drew a walk. Business card: 33-year-old switch-hitting OF Abraham Almonte, professional hitter. He has a 1.004 OPS vs. RHP's, may as well be stronger vs. those you'll see more often. No Keston Hiura (yet), thought this would be his latest "first game back" at AAA. Close games, blowout wins, bailing out the starting pitcher, it's been the theme of the Nashville pitching season - the bullpen's performance has been ridiculously strong and consistent. *** Final: Biloxi 5, Pensacola (Marlins) 1 Bennett's Seven Frames Helps Shuckers Start Home Stand with Win - Biloxi Pitching Holds Wahoos’ to Two Hits, Frelick Homers in Second Straight Game Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log It wasn't an eye-popping team offensive outburst (6 H, 4 BB, 13 K), but there's something about seeing a healthy Mitchell-Frelick-Wiemer outfield to be sure. Garrett and Sal combined for three stolen bases as well. This lineup is deep, Lutz-Valerio-Devanney in the 6-7-8 spots for this one. Shouldn't avoid mentioning Joey Wiemer's K %-age is now over 34% after his sombrero here. As for southpaw Nick Bennett, I strongly encourage you to read through this thread from earlier this month. It's by Jackson Sigman, a RH reliever for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Vibes team in the Brewers' chain. He now works for Driveline, the data-driven player development gurus. That's fantastic stuff! Now, Bennett's game log shows that he has sandwiched one middling effort between two stellar ones since that came out, but Nick is trending in the right direction. The Brewers' pitching development staff has been very productive, but this shows that sometimes a player has to go outside the system for a fresh perspective. If this is the new Nick Bennett, it's good for all. *** Final: Beloit (Marlins) 10, Wisconsin 9 Late Rattler Rally Falls Short of Sky Carp Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Nice to have this audio back! Audio via the Rattler Radio SoundCloud - "The Timber Rattlers lost 10-9 to the Beloit Sky Carp in their first home game since July 3. Chris Mehring and Kyle Lobner talk about the 9-2 deficit and the comeback by the Rattlers to make Beloit just a little nervous. Manager Joe Ayrault joins the podcast with some clubhouse comments, too." Eight in the lineup with base knocks, five with multiple, including three for Ashton McGee. The three team errors were unfortunate, and RH starter Israel Puello's very impressive run of four starts to begin his High-A career hit a road bump. If you remember the "Beloit Snappers", then like me, this will make you laugh: *** Final: Down East (Rangers) 12, Carolina 10 Wood Ducks Outlast Mudcats 12-10 in Series Opener - Jackson Chourio went 3-for-6 with three doubles, three runs and two RBI in the Carolina loss Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log I've had many people send me messages about when the Chourio call-up will happen - I guarantee you the Wisconsin ticket office staff would like to know as well -- The start by RHP Stiven Cruz was similar in nature to that of Israel Puello in Appleton, heralded young arm who had a clunker coming out of the break. The darn box score and game log sent us to the MiLB.TV archive once again. Why would prized SS prospect Eduardo Garcia have to be lifted for a pinch-runner after going from first to third on a base hit in the 9th? For MiLB.TV subscribers: Go to the 03:45:45 hour/minute mark. The camera work captured it all very clearly. Looks like a right hamstring issue, though that's the unofficial word - because as we know, we won't get an official word! Definitely did not look promising for a quick return, though... *** Final: ACL Reds 11, ACL Brewers Blue 7 Box Score / Game Log Rafael Garcia, who you read about in the Transaction note to kick things off today, did not retire any of the four batters he faced in his start (three walks). Baby steps, Rafael, welcome back. My, oh my, Jace Avina, are you kidding? In case you missed the written report we linked to earlier this week, here it is in video form: Avina clubbed home runs #7 and #8 in this game, in just 90 at-bats! No bandboxes in Arizona, either! Avina added a single and a walk and now sports a .300/.427/.656 line. Now we should mention that 38 of his 63 outs have come via strikeout, a 42.2% K rate. Unlike his long balls, that won't "fly". What a fascinating rookie-level prospect! *** Final: ACL Brewers Gold 8, ACL Athletics 3 Box Score / Game Log Six Golden Boys with multiple hits, including 18-year-old infielder (3rd base here) Jadher Areinamo, who is flashing a .902 OPS. Unlike their counterparts in several outposts across the chain, the club here combined their efforts at the plate with solid defense and mound work. The two Maryvale clubs square off for the umpteenth time on Saturday morning. *** Final: DSL Reds 12, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 2 Box Score / Game Log Final: Nationals 4, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 3 Box Score / Game Log In that 2nd game, the Crew lost on a walk-off three-run triple after loading the bases on three non-base hits. Further specific details on both games are available via @damuelle in our Minor League Forum, follow this link to see the two posts. *** On Saturday, all the full-season clubs play early evening games. So that being said, we leave you with one of the more catchy pop hits of America' bicentennial year, though the artists came from across the pond. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  11. David Dahl smacked not one but two home runs in the first three innings(!) of the Sounds’ 6-2 victory over Columbus, jumping out to a 3-0 series lead. LHP Ethan Small was stellar (save for four walks), giving up just two hits while striking out eight Clippers over five innings. LHP Nick Bennett had his best game of 2022, striking out nine Biscuits over six scoreless innings to break Biloxi’s six-game losing skid in impressive fashion. While Biloxi’s relievers got the job done in Montgomery, RHP Taylor Floyd’s Form Rediscovery Tour got off to a rocky start for Wisconsin, as he was tagged by a game-ending walk-off grand slam to lose 8-6 to the South Bend Cubs. Yes, those darned stinking Cubs. The loss was made worse by a scary play involving catcher Darrien Miller. Jackson Chourio’s three-run blast gave Carolina an early lead, but it wasn’t enough offense as the team fell 5-3 to the Cannon Ballers. In short season action, ACL Gold and DSL-1 grabbed victories (RHP Gerson Calzadilla five IP with zero earned runs; C Edgardo Ordonez grand slam), while DSL-2’s game was suspended in the 4th inning due to weather. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Bennett, Dahl, Small and Chourio, as well as James Meeker. Transactions: OF Garrett Mitchell assigned to ACL Brewers Blue for rehab assignment Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Kannapolis 5, Carolina 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Chourio Homers Again in 5-3 Carolina Loss RHP Stiven Cruz gave up a 2-run blast to White Sox 19-year old prospect Wilfred Veras (13th of the year) in the 1st inning, before appearing to settle in. As seems to happen too often for comfort, Chourio notched Carolina’s sole extra-base hit in this game, a three-run homer (his 11th of the year) in the third inning to give the team a 3-2 lead over Kannapolis. After Cruz escaped a bases loaded, nobody out situation in the 4th inning (thank you RF Hendry Mendez for that fly out double play rifle home), the Cannon Ballers collected the game-tying run with two hits in the 5th inning, then went triple-homer in the 6th inning for a 5-3 lead. Cruz did manage to strike out seven batters over his six innings of work, but the five runs on nine hits obviously leave room for better days. The Mudcats collected zero hits in the final four innings of the game and also hit into four ground ball double plays in the game. Each team had two errors, but they didn’t result in any unearned runs. RHPs Junior Montero (3.18 ERA) and Michele Vassalotti (2.04 ERA) were terrific as usual, each throwing a shutout inning of relief, with Montero striking out the side. 20-year-old 1B Jesus Chirinos has not been having the season he anticipated (.558 season OPS), but let’s give him credit for a single, walk and run scored in his 1-for-2 effort. 3B Jean Carmona and Mendez each went 1-for-3, with Mendez also collecting a walk. Friday’s outlook: RHP Edwin Jimenez (4.18 season ERA) will get the start, as the Mudcats need a victory in Kannapolis to tie this week’s series 2-2. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: South Bend 8, Wisconsin 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: South Bend Walkoff Slam Beats Wisconsin Except for the scary play involving catcher Darrien Miller , I’m sure this was a fun game for any Timber Rattlers fans who left early, as well as the Cubs’ fans who stayed until the end. Wisconsin grabbed a quick 2-0 lead on OF Tristan Peters’ 1st inning triple, in which he also scored on an error. However, LHP Antoine Kelly had his second straight difficult outing, throwing 75 pitches while covering only three innings, yielding one walk and one run in each. Kelly’s final line: 3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 Ks. With the game still 3-2 in favor of South Bend, Wisconsin missed a big chance by failing to score with the bases loaded and one out in the 5th inning. However, RHP James Meeker was exceptional in throwing three scoreless middle innings, thus giving the Timber Rattlers more chances. Meeker’s line: 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 Ks. Three 6th inning Wisconsin hits gave them back the lead, the last a two-run double by OF Arbert Cipion (2-for-4 in the game). That lead was extended in the 7th inning on OF Joe Gray Jr .’s 11th home run of 2022, bringing home Miller who reached base in all four of his at-bats (1-for-1, BB, 2 HBPs). Gray went 2-for-5 in the contest. But wait, if Cam Robinson was promoted to AA and Meeker is throwing long relief, who’s closing games for the Timber Rattlers? Well, RHP Robbie Baker yielded a run on two 7th inning hits to tighten up the contest at 6-4. He then evaded damage in the 8th inning despite a leadoff walk and single, thanks in large part to Gray gunning down the lead runner at 3rd base. And this was the inning where catcher Miller was down for several minutes after taking a foul ball flush against his face mask. He walked off, but will require close monitoring obviously. Alex Hall came in to finish the game for Miller. Fanatic Contributor and Colleague @Mass Haas posted more information on the Miller incident in the daily forum. In Taylor Floyd ’s first action in High-A since his promotion to AA Biloxi in mid-August 2021, he faced six batters, striking out none but did manage to induce a fly out and pop out. He conceded two walks despite leading the hitters 0-and-2 and 1-and-2, respectively. After striking out 84 of 227 hitters last year (37.0%), Floyd has just K’d 24 of 116 batters in 2022 (20.7%). The game-ending walk-off grand slam was on a 1-and-1 pitch pulled over the right field wall by Owen Caissie , a 6’4”, 20-year old outfield prospect. Friday’s outlook: Also trailing their series 1-2, LHP Russell Smith (5.03 season ERA) will strive for a repeat performance of his last start (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 Ks). He faces off against formidable 21-year old LHP DJ Herz (1.99 ERA in 54 1/3 innings with a whopping 85 strikeouts) – Cubs’ #9 prospect on mlb.com. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 2, Montgomery 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Bennett Leads Charge In Shuckers' Shutout Win Over Montgomery Given the 2020 Covid season wipeout, sixth-round 2019 selection LHP Nick Bennett has been moved quickly up the minor league chain without ever really impressing at any full season club level (just 20 innings in Low-A 2019, ERAs over 4.00 in High-A and AA in 2021, ERA over 5.00 in AA this year), but THIS is the performance to start to build a serious career around: six scoreless innings of three-hit, one-walk, nine strikeout ball. Woo hoo!! An error and single put Bennett in a dangerous two-on, one-out first inning situation, which he evaded by getting two called strikeouts. Then he also worked around leadoff hits in the 2nd and 5th innings. However, Bennett’s fine outing was matched pitch-for-pitch by Rays’ 21-year old RHP prospect Taj Bradley (their #2 prospect on mlb.com), who threw seven six scoreless innings himself, only allowing two singles and zero walks, while striking out seven Biloxi hitters. The Shuckers did not collect their first hit until the 4th inning, a SS Andruw Monasterio (2-for-4) single. 1B Thomas Dillard (1-for-3, walk) grabbed their second hit with a leadoff single in the 5th inning, but neither hit resulted in any damage. With the game 0-0 and Bradley finally exiting, Biloxi did its damage with two outs in the 7th inning, getting a Dillard walk and Felix Valerio hit-by-pitch to set the stage for RBI singles by 3B Cam Devanney and Gabe Holt for a 2-0 lead. RHP Nash Walters retired all three Biscuits he faced in the 7th inning, striking out two hitters. RHPs Harold Chirino and Zach Vennaro then each worked out of difficult jams (two-on, one-out in the 8th inning; three-on, one-out in the 9th inning) to close out the shoutout with a ground ball double play. A Joey Wiemer highlight is of course required: Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr (2.27 season ERA, but 3.81 at AA level) will get the start, with Biloxi also needing a victory to even up their series in Montgomery. He’s been solid over his last three games (17 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 8 BB, 17 Ks). Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Columbus 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Dahl's Homers Extend Sounds Win Streak to Six OF David Dahl served notice that he’s ready for a return to the majors, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, hitting his 8th and 9th homers of 2022 to give Nashville a 4-1 lead by the 3rd inning. Brice Turang also had an RBI triple in the 3rd inning. On the mound, starting LHP Ethan Small pitched his third straight solid game, limiting a good Clippers squad to one run on two hits, while striking out eight. However, he was limited to five innings as he’s already reached 90 pitches, not helped by walking four batters. Small was assisted in the third inning by OF Weston Wilson throwing out a runner at third base to avoid a two-on, nobody out situation. RHP relievers Matt Hardy (1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K) and Zack Brown (1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) were solid in covering the 6th and 7th innings, while Nashville extended its lead to 6-1 on a 2B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4, double) RBI single and C Brian Navaretto coming home when Reyes was picked off base. Similar to the Biloxi game, RHPs Hobie Harris and Lucas Erceg both ran into difficulties in the 8th and 9th innings, with Harris yielding a run on three hits and a walk, while Erceg walked two and had a batter reach base on a wild pitch strikeout. Thankfully, all that Columbus effort only resulted in one run however, as each got a key strikeout and ground ball double play to escape potentially big innings. It was good to see 3B Patrick Dorrian (1-for-4) back in action after leaving Sunday’s game early, but unfortunately C Mario Feliciano hasn’t played since leaving Saturday’s game early. Friday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom (3.96 season ERA) will start tonight to try to claim a 4-0 series lead over Columbus. ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE Final: ACL Reds 7, ACL Brewers Blue 2 Box Score / Game Log The Blue team fell to 7-16 on the season, being outhit 13-8 despite OF Garrett Mitchell making an impressive rehab start. More from @Mass Haas: In his return to action after being out since exiting a Biloxi game with an oblique injury on May 13th, CF Garrett Mitchell had an eventful night with Arizona Blue. Mitchell was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat (great - thanks a lot, I'm sure), He was stranded at second base. He also flew out to center field to end the 3rd inning. In the top of the 4th, Mitchell earned an outfield assist when his throw to shortstop Daniel Guilarte led to an 8-6-2 putout at home plate. Mitchell lined an opposite-field double to left in the 5th (stranded again). He was replaced in the field to begin the 6th. The Blue team going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranding 12 baserunners isn’t pretty, but the Reds also left 15 men-on-base in this one. Starting RHP Jared Albir gave up consecutive first inning singles to start the game, but INF Jonatan Guzman threw out a baserunner at home to help escape. However, a double, two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the 4th inning allowed the first run to score with LHP Junior Castillo then throwing a memorable one-third inning: two wild pitches (scoring one run), one walk, one player caught stealing home. Castillo then gave up four runs on six singles in the 5th inning, as the Reds blew open the scoreline. 18-year old SS Daniel Guilarte keeps emulating Turang: three singles in this game to raise his batting average to .347. He has 26 singles and 5 doubles on the season (zero triples or homers). 18-year old 2B Guzman also doubled and singled, but his season OPS is still hovering at .650. 20-year old OF Eduarqui Fernandez (1-for-4; .827 season OPS) hit his 8th double of the campaign, but also sports a 7 BB / 37 K ratio in 84 plate appearances). 24-year old Leoni De La Cruz probably had the best outing on the team: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks. Final: ACL Brewers Gold 7, ACL Athletics 1 (final after 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log The win boosts the Gold squad to 12-11 on the season, with terrific pitching by 19-year old starting RHP Gerson Calzadilla: 5 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks (to drop his season ERA to 3.66) and 20-year old RHP Phili Silverio (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K). Gold was victorious despite going 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. INF Jadher Areinamo had the pleasure of playing shortstop in this game, contributing offensively as usual: triple, single to raise his season slash in the ACL to .318 AVG / .396 OBP / .459 SLG. Catcher Blayberg Diaz (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) played DH in this game, collecting his second home run of 2022. Stud 18-year old OF Luis Castillo didn’t collect any hits (0-for-4), but still garnered 2 RBIs and only struck out once. C Nader Garcia smacked a double in the 2nd inning, but promptly exited for a substitute so we’ll have to track Garcia’s return-to-play in the days ahead. Replacement C Jason Ollarve also collected two RBIs despite going 0-for-3 in the game. Rough night for catchers: Maryvale Blue catcher Jhonnys Cabrera was pulled mid-inning in the 6th. Maryvale Gold catcher Nader Garcia exited immediately upon hitting a double to left field in the 2nd inning. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Brewers1 4, DSL Rockies 2 (final in 5 innings) Box Score / Game Log The win improves DSL Brewers1’s record to 9-13, as it appears they were able to complete the 5th inning just in time. After CF Luis Lara's single, an error and a walk, C Edgardo Ordonez (.895 season OPS) blasted a 1st inning grand slam for his second home run of 2022 and a 4-0 lead. 17-year old Lara (2-for-3; 1.027 season OPS) doubled in the 2nd inning as he builds his resume for a promotion to the ACL. RHP Leonardo Rivera pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the win, giving up one hit, one walk and striking out one. Suspended to Future Date: DSL Brewers2 12, DSL Tigers 5 (2-on, 2-out in bottom of 4th inning) Box Score / Game Log There were runs scored in each of the half-innings played, though the Brewers2 squad has maintained its lead throughout the initial innings. Quoting my colleagues, who along with me are somewhat enthusiastic about the performance being put in by 1B Yeison Perez before and after his injury: @Joseph Zarr It would appear 18-year-old left-handed hitting first baseman Perez is doing just fine. Just fine and dandy. Playing 1B today, he is currently 2-for-3 with his 2nd triple and four more RBIs (19 now on his season). In now 49 AB's he has bumped his BA to .417 and his OPS to 1.441. @Mass Haas It's insane. Perez was slugging .956 PRIOR to this suspended game in which he singled and tripled! (Just slugging!). He has 13 XBH's among his 20 hits, including six home runs. 2B Demetrio Nadal (3-for-3), RF Irving Igualas (2-for-3) and DH/C Edwin Tamoy (2-for-3) also enjoyed their 4 innings of work. It must be so much fun to put up 9 runs and 11 hits in less than half a game . We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday, teams! 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  12. The Sounds grabbed an early lead to extend the winning streak to six games. Four Biloxi hurlers combined on a 2-0 shutout. Wisconsin gave up a grand slam to end a tough loss. Jackson Chourio’s homer wasn’t enough in the Mudcats’ loss. Outfielder Garrett Mitchell started his rehab with BRB Blue. David Dahl smacked not one but two home runs in the first three innings(!) of the Sounds’ 6-2 victory over Columbus, jumping out to a 3-0 series lead. LHP Ethan Small was stellar (save for four walks), giving up just two hits while striking out eight Clippers over five innings. LHP Nick Bennett had his best game of 2022, striking out nine Biscuits over six scoreless innings to break Biloxi’s six-game losing skid in impressive fashion. While Biloxi’s relievers got the job done in Montgomery, RHP Taylor Floyd’s Form Rediscovery Tour got off to a rocky start for Wisconsin, as he was tagged by a game-ending walk-off grand slam to lose 8-6 to the South Bend Cubs. Yes, those darned stinking Cubs. The loss was made worse by a scary play involving catcher Darrien Miller. Jackson Chourio’s three-run blast gave Carolina an early lead, but it wasn’t enough offense as the team fell 5-3 to the Cannon Ballers. In short season action, ACL Gold and DSL-1 grabbed victories (RHP Gerson Calzadilla five IP with zero earned runs; C Edgardo Ordonez grand slam), while DSL-2’s game was suspended in the 4th inning due to weather. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Bennett, Dahl, Small and Chourio, as well as James Meeker. Transactions: OF Garrett Mitchell assigned to ACL Brewers Blue for rehab assignment Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Kannapolis 5, Carolina 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Chourio Homers Again in 5-3 Carolina Loss RHP Stiven Cruz gave up a 2-run blast to White Sox 19-year old prospect Wilfred Veras (13th of the year) in the 1st inning, before appearing to settle in. As seems to happen too often for comfort, Chourio notched Carolina’s sole extra-base hit in this game, a three-run homer (his 11th of the year) in the third inning to give the team a 3-2 lead over Kannapolis. After Cruz escaped a bases loaded, nobody out situation in the 4th inning (thank you RF Hendry Mendez for that fly out double play rifle home), the Cannon Ballers collected the game-tying run with two hits in the 5th inning, then went triple-homer in the 6th inning for a 5-3 lead. Cruz did manage to strike out seven batters over his six innings of work, but the five runs on nine hits obviously leave room for better days. The Mudcats collected zero hits in the final four innings of the game and also hit into four ground ball double plays in the game. Each team had two errors, but they didn’t result in any unearned runs. RHPs Junior Montero (3.18 ERA) and Michele Vassalotti (2.04 ERA) were terrific as usual, each throwing a shutout inning of relief, with Montero striking out the side. 20-year-old 1B Jesus Chirinos has not been having the season he anticipated (.558 season OPS), but let’s give him credit for a single, walk and run scored in his 1-for-2 effort. 3B Jean Carmona and Mendez each went 1-for-3, with Mendez also collecting a walk. Friday’s outlook: RHP Edwin Jimenez (4.18 season ERA) will get the start, as the Mudcats need a victory in Kannapolis to tie this week’s series 2-2. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: South Bend 8, Wisconsin 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: South Bend Walkoff Slam Beats Wisconsin Except for the scary play involving catcher Darrien Miller , I’m sure this was a fun game for any Timber Rattlers fans who left early, as well as the Cubs’ fans who stayed until the end. Wisconsin grabbed a quick 2-0 lead on OF Tristan Peters’ 1st inning triple, in which he also scored on an error. However, LHP Antoine Kelly had his second straight difficult outing, throwing 75 pitches while covering only three innings, yielding one walk and one run in each. Kelly’s final line: 3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 Ks. With the game still 3-2 in favor of South Bend, Wisconsin missed a big chance by failing to score with the bases loaded and one out in the 5th inning. However, RHP James Meeker was exceptional in throwing three scoreless middle innings, thus giving the Timber Rattlers more chances. Meeker’s line: 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 Ks. Three 6th inning Wisconsin hits gave them back the lead, the last a two-run double by OF Arbert Cipion (2-for-4 in the game). That lead was extended in the 7th inning on OF Joe Gray Jr .’s 11th home run of 2022, bringing home Miller who reached base in all four of his at-bats (1-for-1, BB, 2 HBPs). Gray went 2-for-5 in the contest. But wait, if Cam Robinson was promoted to AA and Meeker is throwing long relief, who’s closing games for the Timber Rattlers? Well, RHP Robbie Baker yielded a run on two 7th inning hits to tighten up the contest at 6-4. He then evaded damage in the 8th inning despite a leadoff walk and single, thanks in large part to Gray gunning down the lead runner at 3rd base. And this was the inning where catcher Miller was down for several minutes after taking a foul ball flush against his face mask. He walked off, but will require close monitoring obviously. Alex Hall came in to finish the game for Miller. Fanatic Contributor and Colleague @Mass Haas posted more information on the Miller incident in the daily forum. In Taylor Floyd ’s first action in High-A since his promotion to AA Biloxi in mid-August 2021, he faced six batters, striking out none but did manage to induce a fly out and pop out. He conceded two walks despite leading the hitters 0-and-2 and 1-and-2, respectively. After striking out 84 of 227 hitters last year (37.0%), Floyd has just K’d 24 of 116 batters in 2022 (20.7%). The game-ending walk-off grand slam was on a 1-and-1 pitch pulled over the right field wall by Owen Caissie , a 6’4”, 20-year old outfield prospect. Friday’s outlook: Also trailing their series 1-2, LHP Russell Smith (5.03 season ERA) will strive for a repeat performance of his last start (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 Ks). He faces off against formidable 21-year old LHP DJ Herz (1.99 ERA in 54 1/3 innings with a whopping 85 strikeouts) – Cubs’ #9 prospect on mlb.com. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 2, Montgomery 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Bennett Leads Charge In Shuckers' Shutout Win Over Montgomery Given the 2020 Covid season wipeout, sixth-round 2019 selection LHP Nick Bennett has been moved quickly up the minor league chain without ever really impressing at any full season club level (just 20 innings in Low-A 2019, ERAs over 4.00 in High-A and AA in 2021, ERA over 5.00 in AA this year), but THIS is the performance to start to build a serious career around: six scoreless innings of three-hit, one-walk, nine strikeout ball. Woo hoo!! An error and single put Bennett in a dangerous two-on, one-out first inning situation, which he evaded by getting two called strikeouts. Then he also worked around leadoff hits in the 2nd and 5th innings. However, Bennett’s fine outing was matched pitch-for-pitch by Rays’ 21-year old RHP prospect Taj Bradley (their #2 prospect on mlb.com), who threw seven six scoreless innings himself, only allowing two singles and zero walks, while striking out seven Biloxi hitters. The Shuckers did not collect their first hit until the 4th inning, a SS Andruw Monasterio (2-for-4) single. 1B Thomas Dillard (1-for-3, walk) grabbed their second hit with a leadoff single in the 5th inning, but neither hit resulted in any damage. With the game 0-0 and Bradley finally exiting, Biloxi did its damage with two outs in the 7th inning, getting a Dillard walk and Felix Valerio hit-by-pitch to set the stage for RBI singles by 3B Cam Devanney and Gabe Holt for a 2-0 lead. RHP Nash Walters retired all three Biscuits he faced in the 7th inning, striking out two hitters. RHPs Harold Chirino and Zach Vennaro then each worked out of difficult jams (two-on, one-out in the 8th inning; three-on, one-out in the 9th inning) to close out the shoutout with a ground ball double play. A Joey Wiemer highlight is of course required: Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr (2.27 season ERA, but 3.81 at AA level) will get the start, with Biloxi also needing a victory to even up their series in Montgomery. He’s been solid over his last three games (17 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 8 BB, 17 Ks). Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Columbus 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Dahl's Homers Extend Sounds Win Streak to Six OF David Dahl served notice that he’s ready for a return to the majors, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, hitting his 8th and 9th homers of 2022 to give Nashville a 4-1 lead by the 3rd inning. Brice Turang also had an RBI triple in the 3rd inning. On the mound, starting LHP Ethan Small pitched his third straight solid game, limiting a good Clippers squad to one run on two hits, while striking out eight. However, he was limited to five innings as he’s already reached 90 pitches, not helped by walking four batters. Small was assisted in the third inning by OF Weston Wilson throwing out a runner at third base to avoid a two-on, nobody out situation. RHP relievers Matt Hardy (1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K) and Zack Brown (1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks) were solid in covering the 6th and 7th innings, while Nashville extended its lead to 6-1 on a 2B Pablo Reyes (2-for-4, double) RBI single and C Brian Navaretto coming home when Reyes was picked off base. Similar to the Biloxi game, RHPs Hobie Harris and Lucas Erceg both ran into difficulties in the 8th and 9th innings, with Harris yielding a run on three hits and a walk, while Erceg walked two and had a batter reach base on a wild pitch strikeout. Thankfully, all that Columbus effort only resulted in one run however, as each got a key strikeout and ground ball double play to escape potentially big innings. It was good to see 3B Patrick Dorrian (1-for-4) back in action after leaving Sunday’s game early, but unfortunately C Mario Feliciano hasn’t played since leaving Saturday’s game early. Friday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom (3.96 season ERA) will start tonight to try to claim a 4-0 series lead over Columbus. ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE Final: ACL Reds 7, ACL Brewers Blue 2 Box Score / Game Log The Blue team fell to 7-16 on the season, being outhit 13-8 despite OF Garrett Mitchell making an impressive rehab start. More from @Mass Haas: In his return to action after being out since exiting a Biloxi game with an oblique injury on May 13th, CF Garrett Mitchell had an eventful night with Arizona Blue. Mitchell was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat (great - thanks a lot, I'm sure), He was stranded at second base. He also flew out to center field to end the 3rd inning. In the top of the 4th, Mitchell earned an outfield assist when his throw to shortstop Daniel Guilarte led to an 8-6-2 putout at home plate. Mitchell lined an opposite-field double to left in the 5th (stranded again). He was replaced in the field to begin the 6th. The Blue team going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranding 12 baserunners isn’t pretty, but the Reds also left 15 men-on-base in this one. Starting RHP Jared Albir gave up consecutive first inning singles to start the game, but INF Jonatan Guzman threw out a baserunner at home to help escape. However, a double, two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the 4th inning allowed the first run to score with LHP Junior Castillo then throwing a memorable one-third inning: two wild pitches (scoring one run), one walk, one player caught stealing home. Castillo then gave up four runs on six singles in the 5th inning, as the Reds blew open the scoreline. 18-year old SS Daniel Guilarte keeps emulating Turang: three singles in this game to raise his batting average to .347. He has 26 singles and 5 doubles on the season (zero triples or homers). 18-year old 2B Guzman also doubled and singled, but his season OPS is still hovering at .650. 20-year old OF Eduarqui Fernandez (1-for-4; .827 season OPS) hit his 8th double of the campaign, but also sports a 7 BB / 37 K ratio in 84 plate appearances). 24-year old Leoni De La Cruz probably had the best outing on the team: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks. Final: ACL Brewers Gold 7, ACL Athletics 1 (final after 7 innings) Box Score / Game Log The win boosts the Gold squad to 12-11 on the season, with terrific pitching by 19-year old starting RHP Gerson Calzadilla: 5 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks (to drop his season ERA to 3.66) and 20-year old RHP Phili Silverio (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K). Gold was victorious despite going 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. INF Jadher Areinamo had the pleasure of playing shortstop in this game, contributing offensively as usual: triple, single to raise his season slash in the ACL to .318 AVG / .396 OBP / .459 SLG. Catcher Blayberg Diaz (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) played DH in this game, collecting his second home run of 2022. Stud 18-year old OF Luis Castillo didn’t collect any hits (0-for-4), but still garnered 2 RBIs and only struck out once. C Nader Garcia smacked a double in the 2nd inning, but promptly exited for a substitute so we’ll have to track Garcia’s return-to-play in the days ahead. Replacement C Jason Ollarve also collected two RBIs despite going 0-for-3 in the game. Rough night for catchers: Maryvale Blue catcher Jhonnys Cabrera was pulled mid-inning in the 6th. Maryvale Gold catcher Nader Garcia exited immediately upon hitting a double to left field in the 2nd inning. DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE Final: DSL Brewers1 4, DSL Rockies 2 (final in 5 innings) Box Score / Game Log The win improves DSL Brewers1’s record to 9-13, as it appears they were able to complete the 5th inning just in time. After CF Luis Lara's single, an error and a walk, C Edgardo Ordonez (.895 season OPS) blasted a 1st inning grand slam for his second home run of 2022 and a 4-0 lead. 17-year old Lara (2-for-3; 1.027 season OPS) doubled in the 2nd inning as he builds his resume for a promotion to the ACL. RHP Leonardo Rivera pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the win, giving up one hit, one walk and striking out one. Suspended to Future Date: DSL Brewers2 12, DSL Tigers 5 (2-on, 2-out in bottom of 4th inning) Box Score / Game Log There were runs scored in each of the half-innings played, though the Brewers2 squad has maintained its lead throughout the initial innings. Quoting my colleagues, who along with me are somewhat enthusiastic about the performance being put in by 1B Yeison Perez before and after his injury: @Joseph Zarr It would appear 18-year-old left-handed hitting first baseman Perez is doing just fine. Just fine and dandy. Playing 1B today, he is currently 2-for-3 with his 2nd triple and four more RBIs (19 now on his season). In now 49 AB's he has bumped his BA to .417 and his OPS to 1.441. @Mass Haas It's insane. Perez was slugging .956 PRIOR to this suspended game in which he singled and tripled! (Just slugging!). He has 13 XBH's among his 20 hits, including six home runs. 2B Demetrio Nadal (3-for-3), RF Irving Igualas (2-for-3) and DH/C Edwin Tamoy (2-for-3) also enjoyed their 4 innings of work. It must be so much fun to put up 9 runs and 11 hits in less than half a game . We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday, teams! 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  13. In Sunday’s finales, three fine pitching performances very nearly resulted in three victories, though Biloxi’s generous bullpen narrowed it to a 2-win, 2-loss day for the Brewers’ MILB affiliates. In Lynchburg, the combination of Jackson Chourio (HR, 3 RBIs) and Carlos F. Rodriguez (4 shutout innings, 8 Ks) was too much for the Hillcats. In Pensacola, Sal Frelick, Felix Valerio and Nick Bennett put the Shuckers firmly in charge (6-1 lead mid-way; 6-4 entering the 9th inning), though Biloxi’s bullpen was once again unable to hold the lead, losing their 5th one-run game of the week. At home against Peoria, Justin Jarvis (6 innings, 1 run, 3 hits) didn’t require much offensive support, but received it anyway with home runs by Zavier Warren, Ashton McGee and Alex Hall, enabling Wisconsin to split the series 3-3. In Durham, Nashville only managed to score 1 run despite a few early opportunities, whilst the Bulls made the most of their chances. Durham’s bullpen was exceptional, retiring the final 14 Sounds of the game in dropping Nashville to its first series loss of 2022. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Chourio, Jarvis, Rodriguez, Bennett and Frelick. Transactions: The Arizona Complex League and Dominican Summer League start their seasons today, Monday, June 6th, so there were dozens of promotions and appointments. Links to season opening rosters are here, whilst promotions are noted at the bottom of today’s summary: ACL Brewers Blue ACL Brewers Gold DSL Brewers1 DSL Brewers2 Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 6, Lynchburg 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Chourio Stays Red Hot in 6-3 Finale Victory Down 4-1 in this week’s tough series in Lynchburg and needing a victory to claw back to within a half-game of first place, OF Jackson Chourio and SS Eduardo Garcia rang the ball early, with 1st and 2nd inning homers, respectively, to give Carolina a 2-0 lead. Chourio also singled and scored in the 4th inning to restore the 2-run lead at 3-1. RHP Alexander Cornielle bravely fought through traffic over 5 innings of work, conceding an unearned run in the 3rd inning, then a home run, walk and RBI single in the 4th inning as the Hillcats knotted up the game 3-3. The entrance RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez in relief in the bottom of the 6th inning had to give the Mudcats a shot of confidence. Still 3-3 in the 8th inning, it was Jackson Chourio once again who came through, plating Jheremy Vargas (who’d walked) and Luis Silva (who’d singled) with a 1-out, 2-run single to enable Carolina to re-take the lead at 5-3. OF Oswal Leones then added another run with an RBI double in the 9th inning for good measure. As to Rodriguez, he faced the minimum number of hitters (9) through 3 innings of work, then had to work out of a 2-on, 1-out situation in the 9th. Of course, he cleaned it up nicely, striking out the final two batters on 7 pitches. Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 3-4, HR, 3 RBIs Jeferson Quero – 3-4, SB Eduardo Garcia – 1-4, HR, RBI Oswal Leones – 1-4, double, RBI Hedbert Perez – 1-3, SF, RBI Jheremy Vargas – 1-4, walk Luis Silva – 1-2 Alexander Cornielle – 5 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 3 Ks Carlos F. Rodriguez (Win) – 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 28-23 Mudcats face off against the top team in Low-A as they host 36-15 Myrtle Beach Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, Peoria 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers Hit Three Homers in Support of Jarvis to Beat Peoria We encourage you to also have a look at the fine game video summary put together by Wisconsin's terrific media team: Wisconsin’s see-saw week at home against Peoria was looking bright from the outset, with starting RHP Justin Jarvis playing some of his best baseball over recent starts and Zavier Warren smacking a first inning homer (his 3rd of the year) to give the Timber Rattlers the early 1-0 lead. Jarvis was excellent as usual, conceding only 1 run and 3 hits over 6 solid innings of work. That run came via a triple-single combination to start off the second inning, after which the Chiefs did not manage even a single hit over Jarvis’ next 5 innings. The tight 1-1 affair didn’t open up until 1B Ashton McGee’s solo homer to lead off the bottom of the 5th inning. It’s wonderful to see McGee put his miserable start to 2022 far in the review mirror. That’s his second dinger of the year (first in Wisconsin) and he’s now sporting a 7-game hitting streak. Furthermore, he recorded zero strikeouts for the 3rd straight game. In the 7th inning, highly effective RHP Joey Matulovich picked up where Jarvis left off, before C Alex Hall blasted a 2-run homer (bringing home OF Arbert Cipion, who’d singled) to stretch Wisconsin’s lead to 4-1. Combined, Matulovich and RHP James Meeker covered the final 3 scoreless innings, only allowing 2 harmless singles. Oh, and pesky 2B Jose Acosta (recently acquired from Texas) looks like a keeper, singling and scoring via wild pitch in the 8th inning to put the finishing touch on the 5-1 scoreline. He now has a 5-game hitting streak (3 with Wisconsin, 2 from prior club). Performances of Note: Alex Hall – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs Ashton McGee – 1-2, HR, walk, RBI Zavier Warren – 1-4, HR, RBI Jose Acosta – 1-3 Arbert Cipion – 1-4, SB Justin Jarvis (Win) – 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks Joey Matulovich – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks James Meeker – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 31-20 Timber Rattlers sit in 2nd place in their division and hit the road as they take on Beloit, whilst keeping one eye on first place Cedar Rapids. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Pensacola 7, Biloxi 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Blue Wahoos Shock Shuckers Again in Ninth While Pensacola aims to win the first half division title, the Shuckers appear to be playing some sort of catch-and-release game instead. Losing a 5th one-run game of the week is extremely painful. Keep your heads up men! There are certainly better days ahead. In this contest, Biloxi shook off the disappointment of a failure to cash in on a first inning, bases loaded situation to jump out to leads of 3-0 and 6-1 on the strength of 2-run blasts by OF Sal Frelick (2nd inning – his first since his promotion to AA) and 2B Felix Valerio (4th inning). On the mound, LHP Nick Bennett put together a solid performance, conceding 2 runs on 3 hits over 4 2/3 innings. Unlike Saturday’s contest, when Biloxi appeared out of bullpen arms as RHP Taylor Floyd struggled in an attempted 2nd inning of work, Manager Guerrero employed something of a quick hook in this game, well at least until the fateful 9th inning: RHP Nash Walters pitched to just 2 batters, closing out the 5th inning to retain the Shuckers’ 6-2 lead RHP Carlos Luna threw 60 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings, though that included 2 runs to tighten the game at 6-4 in the 8th inning RHP Arnaldo Hernandez picked up Luna nicely, striking out the only batter he faced to strand a runner at 3rd base Of course, in line with the theme of the week, Biloxi essentially laid down in the 9th inning, generously allowing 6 Blue Wahoo batters to reach base without even managing a single hit. Sunday’s nightmare experience went to RHP Harold Chirino, who’ll want to forget the walk and then 4 consecutive hit batsmen to end the contest in favor of Pensacola at 7-6. Performances of Note: Gabe Holt – 3-4, RBI Sal Frelick – 2-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs Felix Valerio – 1-3, HR, walk, HBP, 2 RBIs, SB Cam Devanney – 1-4, double, SF, RBI Jakson Reetz – 1-4, double, walk Tristen Lutz – 1-4, walk Nick Bennett – 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 7 Ks Carlos Luna – 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Harold Chirino (Loss) – 0 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 0 H, 1 BB, 4 HBP, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 23-36 Shuckers are home this week, seeking to turn over a new leaf as they face the 29-22 Tennessee Smokies. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Durham 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Drop First Series With Sunday Loss While it’s natural to expect a dip in Nashville’s performance when so many of their players are unavailable due to call-ups to the Big Club and/or its taxi squad. However, Sunday’s defeat was actually more a matter of Durham simply cashing in on the few opportunities which came its way. For the game, the Sounds went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position (leaving 5 men on base), while Durham went 2-for-4 in the same position (leaving only 2 men on base in the game). Credit Durham for their clutch hitting and pitching, then try again next week gentlemen! Despite OFs Jonathan Davis and Abraham Almonte putting Nashville in strong position with a first inning single and double, they were left stranded, while Durham went the easy route via solo homer by Jonathan Aranda (his 9th of the year) in the bottom half of the inning. Almonte then tied things up with an RBI single in the 3rd inning, but that’s the only run the Sounds would manage to bring home this day. A double and RBI single gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead against starting RHP Dylan File in the same inning. This lead was extended to 4-1 in File’s final inning of work (the 6th inning) via an infield single, full-count walk, base hit and steal of home. Credit to Durham for retiring the final 14 Nashville batters of the game. Unfortunately, the loss meant a 4-2 series defeat for the Sounds, their first series loss of 2022. Performances of Note: Abraham Almonte – 2-4, double, RBI Jonathan Davis – 1-3, walk, SB Brian Navarreto – 1-3 Dylan File (Loss) – 6 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Peter Strzelecki – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Zach Vennaro – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: Nashville (34-19) return home after their 2-week road trip, aiming to get back to their winning ways as they host 26-28 Norfolk. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! As noted in the Transactions commentary above, here are the promotions from the Dominican Summer League to the Arizona Complex League (listed from youngest to oldest, along with a few extra details on last year’s stats in DSL), which have their season openers today: C Felipe Valderrama to ACL Blue C Jason Ollarve to ACL Gold INF Ney Serrano to ACL Blue – $360k bonus Jan 2021; .707 OPS in 173 PAs INF Gregory Barrios to ACL Gold – $1m bonus Jan 2021; .549 OPS in 116 PAs INF Jonatan Guzman to ACL Blue – signed Jan 2021; yet to debut INF Daniel Guilarte to ACL Blue – $1m bonus Jan 2021; yet to debut OF Luis Castillo to ACL Gold – signed Jan 2021; yet to debut RHP Henrison Mota to ACL Gold – 25 1/3 IP, 3.20 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 OF Eduarh Colina to ACL Gold – .741 OPS in 190 PAs RHP Jesus Rivero to ACL Blue – 28 1/3 IP, 2.22 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 RHP Patricio Aquino to ACL Gold – 44 IP, 2.66 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 RHP Gerson Caldazilla to ACL Gold – 45 IP, 2.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 7.0 K/9 INF Alexander Perez to ACL Blue RHP Rosmel Reyes to ACL Blue RHP Yorman Galindez to ACL Gold – a 2022 signing LHP Junior Castillo to ACL Blue – 41 1/3 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 7.8 K/9 OF Diego Larez to ACL Gold – .753 OPS in 149 PAs RHP Arielbi Gonzalez to ACL Blue – 43 1/3 IP, 2.08 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 7.9 K/9 RHP Delson Guzman to ACL Gold RHP Jared Albir to ACL Blue RHP Alexander Vallecillo to ACL Blue – 40 IP, 1.80 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 OF Rafael Martinez to ACL Gold – .774 OPS in 85 PAs RHP Domingo Mejia to ACL Gold – 50 IP, 1.98 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  14. Jackson Chourio provided most the offense in Carolina’s 6-3 win, with Carlos F. Rodriguez shutting the door with 4 scoreless innings. Justin Jarvis pitched Wisconsin to a series-tying victory. Biloxi once again led most of their game, before inventing a new way to lose (3 ninth inning runs on zero hits). Nashville lost its first series of the season, failing to match Durham’s clutch hitting. In Sunday’s finales, three fine pitching performances very nearly resulted in three victories, though Biloxi’s generous bullpen narrowed it to a 2-win, 2-loss day for the Brewers’ MILB affiliates. In Lynchburg, the combination of Jackson Chourio (HR, 3 RBIs) and Carlos F. Rodriguez (4 shutout innings, 8 Ks) was too much for the Hillcats. In Pensacola, Sal Frelick, Felix Valerio and Nick Bennett put the Shuckers firmly in charge (6-1 lead mid-way; 6-4 entering the 9th inning), though Biloxi’s bullpen was once again unable to hold the lead, losing their 5th one-run game of the week. At home against Peoria, Justin Jarvis (6 innings, 1 run, 3 hits) didn’t require much offensive support, but received it anyway with home runs by Zavier Warren, Ashton McGee and Alex Hall, enabling Wisconsin to split the series 3-3. In Durham, Nashville only managed to score 1 run despite a few early opportunities, whilst the Bulls made the most of their chances. Durham’s bullpen was exceptional, retiring the final 14 Sounds of the game in dropping Nashville to its first series loss of 2022. Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Chourio, Jarvis, Rodriguez, Bennett and Frelick. Transactions: The Arizona Complex League and Dominican Summer League start their seasons today, Monday, June 6th, so there were dozens of promotions and appointments. Links to season opening rosters are here, whilst promotions are noted at the bottom of today’s summary: ACL Brewers Blue ACL Brewers Gold DSL Brewers1 DSL Brewers2 Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 6, Lynchburg 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Chourio Stays Red Hot in 6-3 Finale Victory Down 4-1 in this week’s tough series in Lynchburg and needing a victory to claw back to within a half-game of first place, OF Jackson Chourio and SS Eduardo Garcia rang the ball early, with 1st and 2nd inning homers, respectively, to give Carolina a 2-0 lead. Chourio also singled and scored in the 4th inning to restore the 2-run lead at 3-1. RHP Alexander Cornielle bravely fought through traffic over 5 innings of work, conceding an unearned run in the 3rd inning, then a home run, walk and RBI single in the 4th inning as the Hillcats knotted up the game 3-3. The entrance RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez in relief in the bottom of the 6th inning had to give the Mudcats a shot of confidence. Still 3-3 in the 8th inning, it was Jackson Chourio once again who came through, plating Jheremy Vargas (who’d walked) and Luis Silva (who’d singled) with a 1-out, 2-run single to enable Carolina to re-take the lead at 5-3. OF Oswal Leones then added another run with an RBI double in the 9th inning for good measure. As to Rodriguez, he faced the minimum number of hitters (9) through 3 innings of work, then had to work out of a 2-on, 1-out situation in the 9th. Of course, he cleaned it up nicely, striking out the final two batters on 7 pitches. Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 3-4, HR, 3 RBIs Jeferson Quero – 3-4, SB Eduardo Garcia – 1-4, HR, RBI Oswal Leones – 1-4, double, RBI Hedbert Perez – 1-3, SF, RBI Jheremy Vargas – 1-4, walk Luis Silva – 1-2 Alexander Cornielle – 5 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 3 Ks Carlos F. Rodriguez (Win) – 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks Next week’s outlook: The 28-23 Mudcats face off against the top team in Low-A as they host 36-15 Myrtle Beach Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 5, Peoria 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers Hit Three Homers in Support of Jarvis to Beat Peoria We encourage you to also have a look at the fine game video summary put together by Wisconsin's terrific media team: Wisconsin’s see-saw week at home against Peoria was looking bright from the outset, with starting RHP Justin Jarvis playing some of his best baseball over recent starts and Zavier Warren smacking a first inning homer (his 3rd of the year) to give the Timber Rattlers the early 1-0 lead. Jarvis was excellent as usual, conceding only 1 run and 3 hits over 6 solid innings of work. That run came via a triple-single combination to start off the second inning, after which the Chiefs did not manage even a single hit over Jarvis’ next 5 innings. The tight 1-1 affair didn’t open up until 1B Ashton McGee’s solo homer to lead off the bottom of the 5th inning. It’s wonderful to see McGee put his miserable start to 2022 far in the review mirror. That’s his second dinger of the year (first in Wisconsin) and he’s now sporting a 7-game hitting streak. Furthermore, he recorded zero strikeouts for the 3rd straight game. In the 7th inning, highly effective RHP Joey Matulovich picked up where Jarvis left off, before C Alex Hall blasted a 2-run homer (bringing home OF Arbert Cipion, who’d singled) to stretch Wisconsin’s lead to 4-1. Combined, Matulovich and RHP James Meeker covered the final 3 scoreless innings, only allowing 2 harmless singles. Oh, and pesky 2B Jose Acosta (recently acquired from Texas) looks like a keeper, singling and scoring via wild pitch in the 8th inning to put the finishing touch on the 5-1 scoreline. He now has a 5-game hitting streak (3 with Wisconsin, 2 from prior club). Performances of Note: Alex Hall – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs Ashton McGee – 1-2, HR, walk, RBI Zavier Warren – 1-4, HR, RBI Jose Acosta – 1-3 Arbert Cipion – 1-4, SB Justin Jarvis (Win) – 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks Joey Matulovich – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks James Meeker – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: The 31-20 Timber Rattlers sit in 2nd place in their division and hit the road as they take on Beloit, whilst keeping one eye on first place Cedar Rapids. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Pensacola 7, Biloxi 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Blue Wahoos Shock Shuckers Again in Ninth While Pensacola aims to win the first half division title, the Shuckers appear to be playing some sort of catch-and-release game instead. Losing a 5th one-run game of the week is extremely painful. Keep your heads up men! There are certainly better days ahead. In this contest, Biloxi shook off the disappointment of a failure to cash in on a first inning, bases loaded situation to jump out to leads of 3-0 and 6-1 on the strength of 2-run blasts by OF Sal Frelick (2nd inning – his first since his promotion to AA) and 2B Felix Valerio (4th inning). On the mound, LHP Nick Bennett put together a solid performance, conceding 2 runs on 3 hits over 4 2/3 innings. Unlike Saturday’s contest, when Biloxi appeared out of bullpen arms as RHP Taylor Floyd struggled in an attempted 2nd inning of work, Manager Guerrero employed something of a quick hook in this game, well at least until the fateful 9th inning: RHP Nash Walters pitched to just 2 batters, closing out the 5th inning to retain the Shuckers’ 6-2 lead RHP Carlos Luna threw 60 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings, though that included 2 runs to tighten the game at 6-4 in the 8th inning RHP Arnaldo Hernandez picked up Luna nicely, striking out the only batter he faced to strand a runner at 3rd base Of course, in line with the theme of the week, Biloxi essentially laid down in the 9th inning, generously allowing 6 Blue Wahoo batters to reach base without even managing a single hit. Sunday’s nightmare experience went to RHP Harold Chirino, who’ll want to forget the walk and then 4 consecutive hit batsmen to end the contest in favor of Pensacola at 7-6. Performances of Note: Gabe Holt – 3-4, RBI Sal Frelick – 2-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs Felix Valerio – 1-3, HR, walk, HBP, 2 RBIs, SB Cam Devanney – 1-4, double, SF, RBI Jakson Reetz – 1-4, double, walk Tristen Lutz – 1-4, walk Nick Bennett – 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 7 Ks Carlos Luna – 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K Harold Chirino (Loss) – 0 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 0 H, 1 BB, 4 HBP, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 23-36 Shuckers are home this week, seeking to turn over a new leaf as they face the 29-22 Tennessee Smokies. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Durham 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Drop First Series With Sunday Loss While it’s natural to expect a dip in Nashville’s performance when so many of their players are unavailable due to call-ups to the Big Club and/or its taxi squad. However, Sunday’s defeat was actually more a matter of Durham simply cashing in on the few opportunities which came its way. For the game, the Sounds went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position (leaving 5 men on base), while Durham went 2-for-4 in the same position (leaving only 2 men on base in the game). Credit Durham for their clutch hitting and pitching, then try again next week gentlemen! Despite OFs Jonathan Davis and Abraham Almonte putting Nashville in strong position with a first inning single and double, they were left stranded, while Durham went the easy route via solo homer by Jonathan Aranda (his 9th of the year) in the bottom half of the inning. Almonte then tied things up with an RBI single in the 3rd inning, but that’s the only run the Sounds would manage to bring home this day. A double and RBI single gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead against starting RHP Dylan File in the same inning. This lead was extended to 4-1 in File’s final inning of work (the 6th inning) via an infield single, full-count walk, base hit and steal of home. Credit to Durham for retiring the final 14 Nashville batters of the game. Unfortunately, the loss meant a 4-2 series defeat for the Sounds, their first series loss of 2022. Performances of Note: Abraham Almonte – 2-4, double, RBI Jonathan Davis – 1-3, walk, SB Brian Navarreto – 1-3 Dylan File (Loss) – 6 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Peter Strzelecki – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Zach Vennaro – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: Nashville (34-19) return home after their 2-week road trip, aiming to get back to their winning ways as they host 26-28 Norfolk. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! As noted in the Transactions commentary above, here are the promotions from the Dominican Summer League to the Arizona Complex League (listed from youngest to oldest, along with a few extra details on last year’s stats in DSL), which have their season openers today: C Felipe Valderrama to ACL Blue C Jason Ollarve to ACL Gold INF Ney Serrano to ACL Blue – $360k bonus Jan 2021; .707 OPS in 173 PAs INF Gregory Barrios to ACL Gold – $1m bonus Jan 2021; .549 OPS in 116 PAs INF Jonatan Guzman to ACL Blue – signed Jan 2021; yet to debut INF Daniel Guilarte to ACL Blue – $1m bonus Jan 2021; yet to debut OF Luis Castillo to ACL Gold – signed Jan 2021; yet to debut RHP Henrison Mota to ACL Gold – 25 1/3 IP, 3.20 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 OF Eduarh Colina to ACL Gold – .741 OPS in 190 PAs RHP Jesus Rivero to ACL Blue – 28 1/3 IP, 2.22 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 RHP Patricio Aquino to ACL Gold – 44 IP, 2.66 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 RHP Gerson Caldazilla to ACL Gold – 45 IP, 2.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 7.0 K/9 INF Alexander Perez to ACL Blue RHP Rosmel Reyes to ACL Blue RHP Yorman Galindez to ACL Gold – a 2022 signing LHP Junior Castillo to ACL Blue – 41 1/3 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 7.8 K/9 OF Diego Larez to ACL Gold – .753 OPS in 149 PAs RHP Arielbi Gonzalez to ACL Blue – 43 1/3 IP, 2.08 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 7.9 K/9 RHP Delson Guzman to ACL Gold RHP Jared Albir to ACL Blue RHP Alexander Vallecillo to ACL Blue – 40 IP, 1.80 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 OF Rafael Martinez to ACL Gold – .774 OPS in 85 PAs RHP Domingo Mejia to ACL Gold – 50 IP, 1.98 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 12.1 K/9 Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
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